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Bird book sells for a £7m record

A rare copy of the “most expensive book in the world” surpassed pre-sale estimates to fetch more than £7m at auction yesterday.

Sotheby's said the price of £7,321,250, including buyer's premium, paid for John James Audubon's Birds Of America |was a record for any printed book at auction.

The illustrated book by the renowned ornithologist, naturalist and painter (1785-1851), a landmark of natural history, was expected to fetch between £4m and £6m.

It was bought by Michael Tollemache, a London dealer, a spokesman for Sotheby's said.

Mr Tollemache was bidding in the room at the London sale and described the work afterwards |as “priceless”.

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