Birds of America, the world’s most expensive illustrated book, was sold for a record price of £7.3 million (about R80 million) at auction in London on Tuesday. Sotheby’s auction house said the price paid for the work of celebrated ornithologist and painter John James Audubon was a record for any printed book at auction. It had been estimated to fetch between £4 million and £6 million. Audubon, a Haitian-born Frenchman who settled in North America, lived from 1785 to 1851. The book, from the collection of British aristocrat Lord Hesketh, was bought by Michael Tollemache, a London dealer, a spokesperson for Sotheby’s said.?