Record price for golden gnu

2013-07-17 00:00

BEFORE the auction he was a lieutenant, but as the hammer came down on a new record price, he was summarily promoted to general.

This was how Neil Swart, auctioneer from Vleissentraal, yesterday joked after the weekend’s annual Golden Breeders auction in Limpopo where a golden wildebeest bull dubbed Rommel was sold for R1,825 million.

This shattered by almost R1,4 million the previous highest price paid for a golden wildebeest bull, which is also known as golden gnu or king wildebeest.

Rommel’s long horns nudged the bid higher. From tip to tip, his horns measure 73,45 cm.

“There are very few golden wildebeest with horns longer than this,” said Swart.

General Rommel was bought by Braam and Lelanie Groenewald from Bela-Bela.

The average price fetched by golden wildebeest bulls was R894 000, while cows in calf fetched R455 833. The highest bid for a wildebeest cow in calf was R580 000.

It was the second annual Golden Breeders game auction at Modimolle and all 200 animals that came under the hammer were sold.

The very first sale of the day set a new record, with a black impala fetching R365 000 — R5 000 higher than the previous record.

Another record was for two bushbuck that sold for R20 000 and R24 000 respectively.

The previous record was R14 000 per buck.

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