Audubon's Bird Book Won't Sell For Chicken Feed

John James Audubon's great work, The Birds Of America, goes on sale Friday at Christie's Auction House. The giant pages of the four-volume set are filled with life-size images of Carolina parakeets, Great Blue Herons and other bird species. Only 120 complete sets are believed to exist. The last one sold for more than $11 million.

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And our last word in business today, comes from John James Audubon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRD)

MONTAGNE: That is the call of an American Goldfinch, one of hundreds of birds illustrated for Audubon's great work, "The Birds of America." That four-volume set was sold today for $7.9 million at Christie's Auction House in New York City. Christie's wouldn't name the buyer, saying only that it was a private American collector who bid by phone. The giant pages are filled with life-size images of Carolina parakeets, Great Blue Herons and other bird species. Only 120 complete sets are believed to exist. The last one sold for more than $11 million.

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