A white falcon bird just sold for eye-popping record price of 1.75 million Saudi riyals ($472,500; N194.4 million)
The auction, held in Saudi Arabia, drew participants from breeding farms from 14 different countries.
In the Arabian peninsula, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, owning a falcon bird is seen as a status symbol.
The white Gyrfalcon birds are often presented to wealthy and powerful individuals as gifts.
To put the price in perspective, a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 sedan starts at $450,000 without options.
Would you buy a falcon bird for the price of a Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 sedan and gift it to an arab friend?
A U.S bred white Gyrfalcon sold for an eye-popping price of 1.75 million Saudi riyals — or around $472,500 (N194.4M) at the International Falcon Breeders Auction (IFBA) has set a new world record for the most expensive falcon ever.
The auction, held last week at the organisation’s headquarters in Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, drew participants from breeding farms from 14 different countries.
In the Arabian peninsula, owning a falcon bird is seen as a status symbol, and the birds are often presented to wealthy and powerful individuals as gifts.
Falconry has a long and rich history throughout the Middle East, including in UAE and Saudi Arabia, with the wealthy known to often spend large amount of money to acquire the birds.
In 2019, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi got a gyrfalcon as a gift from Vladimir Putin while the Russian President was on a visit to the UAE.
To put the price of the falcon bird sold at the auction in perspective, a brand new 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 has a base price of $450,000 without options. But bespoke options could push the average order price the luxury car well above half-a-million dollar mark.
The Phantom 8, a favourite car amongst sports stars and celebrities, comes with distinct features, including rear suicide doors and a Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof that lights up when it gets dark.
Powering the imposing ultra-luxurious Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 limousine is a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine.
Would You Buy A Falcon Bird For The Price Of A Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 And Gift It To An Arab Friend?