Audubon's Birds of America sets £7 million record at Sotheby's

The world's most expensive book to date

A rare copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America has sold at auction for £7 million at Sotheby's, breaking all world records.

The edition, from the library of Lord Hesketh, is one of only 119 remaining complete copies (of which 108 are housed in museums and libraries). Another edition of Birds of America sold for a record-breaking price of $8.8m (£5.7m) a decade ago.

The Audubon, from the collection of Lord Hesketh, was bought by London dealer Michael Tollemache, who described the book as 'priceless'. Also sold during the auction was a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which went for £1.5 million.

If you would like a slightly more affordable edition of Audubon's classic book, we have a magnificent edition available to order. This stunning volume from renowned fine art publisher Abbeville Press reproduces all 435 hand-coloured engravings from the original plates of the National Audubon Society's archival copy. Click here for details.

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