SA wins R5m bid at pigeon auction in Belgium

South African pigeon fanciers, Samuel Mbiza and Mark Kitchenbrand, recently paid about R5 million (€360 000) for world famous racing pigeon, Golden Prince, at the Gino Clicque auction in Belgium. This was according to online auction site, Pigeon Paradise (pipa.be).

SA wins R5m bid at pigeon auction in Belgium

The new record-high price was the highest ever paid for a pigeon, and exceeded the previous record of R4,25 million.

The Gino Clicque auction was launched by Belgian pigeon breeder, Gino Clicque, in partnership with Pipa.

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Clicque auctioned off 405 of his pigeons online, and reported a turnover of R30 million (€2 145 000).

The average price achieved was R74 000 (€5 297).

The following pigeons achieved the highest prices at the auction:

  • Golden Prince – R5 million (€360 000)
  • Devil Prince – R1,8 million (€126 000)
  • Super Gaby – R1,13 million (€81 000)
  • Robertina – R992 768 (€71 000)
  • Prince Rudy – R894 890(€64 000)

Siyanda Sishuba has a degree in broadcast journalism. She graduated in 2010 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape. She is passionate about the environment and agriculture. Siyanda grew up in Whittlesea and has seen how climate change and invasive species are affecting farmers in her community. She’s worked at the Weekend Post, a local newspaper in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape. Thereafter she landed herself a job at Debt Management Consultants in East London, writing articles for company’s newsletter. She then moved to Johannesburg to work for the Department of Environmental Affairs Biosecurity Advocacy Unit