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Audubon’s book ‘Birds of America’ Sells at Auction for $10.3 million

Audubon Birds of America

Time to dig through your  storage unit to see if any enormous old books are hanging around.
The Birds of America
, written and illustrated by John James Audubon and printed in the 1830s sold today at auction for over $10 million. It is one of the rarest books and today became the most expensive. And how did Audubon manage these extremely accurate, detailed drawings of the birds?
"He was one of the most rabid hunters you would have ever found. All of the birds he illustrated in Birds of America he killed," says Mr Vedder. "He would rig them with wire in order to pose them."