Rare Audubon Edition Could Fetch $10M

First edition to be sold at auction
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2012 2:13 PM CST
This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows a first-edition set of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America,” together with a complete set of Audubon’s 5-volume “Ornithological Biography.”   (AP Photo/Christie's)
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(Newser) – A rare first edition of John James Audubon's The Birds of America could fetch anywhere from $7 million to $10 million at auction, Christie's estimates. The auction house will sell the lavishly illustrated four-volume set, featuring more than 400 hand-colored plates, on Jan. 20 in New York. The 3½-foot-tall volumes, which show birds at their actual size, will be displayed at Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries Jan. 14-19, the AP reports. (Read more John James Audubon stories.)

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