Rare Audubon ‘Birds of America’ sells for $9.6 million in New York

(Reuters) – A first edition of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America,” one of the most celebrated books of natural history, sold for $9.65 million at auction in New York on Thursday, Christie’s said.

FILE PHOTO: A Sotheby’s employee poses with a page depicting a Snowy Owl from John James Audubon’s “Birds of America”, at Sotheby’s in London December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo

The richly illustrated 19th century book, featuring more than 400 hand-colored illustrations of 1,037 life-size birds, was one of just 13 complete sets thought to be remaining in private…

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