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Mark Kitchenbrand and Samuel Mbiza embrace after a successful bid for Golden Prince. (Image: PIPA)
Mark Kitchenbrand and Samuel Mbiza embrace after a successful bid for Golden Prince. (Image: PIPA)

Cape Town - South African pigeon fanciers brought home a world famous racing pigeon auctioned for a world record-breaking price tag of €360 000 (about R5m).

Mark Kitchenbrand and Samuel Mbiza purchased the bird called Golden Prince over the weekend, according to online racing pigeon auction site PIPA. It noted that the Gino Clicque auction was one of the most anticipated pigeon auctions yet, with Golden Prince one of the best long distance pigeons ever up for grabs.

"A group of 405 pigeons were offered for sale over the past two weeks.... The overall revenue amounted to €2 145 375 for 405 pigeons, or an average of €5 297 per pigeon."

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