Today was the grand finale of the Verreckt-Ariën auction, which proved to be the internet auction
with the second highest proceedings ever. The auction which brought in most was that of H.P. & P. Brockamp, passing the 1 million barrier.
123 pigeons have been
sold today, 90% of which were descendants of the super pair “Dikke Lowet” X “Lang Lowet”. Top pigeons such as the “Moluca”, “Tullo”, “James Bond”,
“Gina” were auctioned; you can find a report below.
The first pigeon on sale was “Moluca”, of which the auction ended at 12 o’clock. It was Zhan Zhi Lin who won the bidding
against Thornton & Family from England. Zhan Zhi Lin had already been successful earlier this week, winning one of Verreckt-Ariën’s best hens, worth 46,200 EUR.
Last week, one of the most expensive hens ever was sold:
Marc De Cock purchased “Norma” for 70,000 EUR. Today, Norma’s parents, “James Bond” and “Gina”, were sold for 70,000 and 40,000 EUR respectively. The winning bidder
was Kai Er, who is also the owner of Chris Hebberecht’s famous “Ike”. Marc De Cock also participated in the auction for both pigeons, but he finally lost the bet.
About an hour later, “Tullo”
was auctioned, a super pigeon and half brother of “Moluca”, who had been sold earlier. “Tullo” has won no less than 4 x top ten National Zone and was sold for 38,200 EUR to Zhan Zhi Lin, who won the
bet against Premier Stud, who could not manage to bring the pigeon to England.
Today’s auction earnings amounted to 404,675 EUR for 123 pigeons, or approximately 3,290 EUR per pigeon. When adding the earnings
of the first part to those of the second, we reach 971,800 EUR or 4,000 EUR per pigeon in average! This makes Verreckt-Ariën the fifth most successful auction ever (including both public and internet auctions). What follows is a brief
overview of the auctions with the highest earnings ever (they were all organised by PIPA).