Most expensive sheep in the world just bought for $ 490,000

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The lamb, named Double Diamond, had generated buzz before the start of the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark, according to a press release from the Texel Sheep Society. Auctions started at 10,000 guineas (approximately $ 13,000).

A bidding war drove prices up until an agreement was reached for the sheep to be shared between three farms.

“It’s like any other business – horse racing or the cattle trade,” Jeff Aiken, one of the winning bidders, told The Guardian. “Every now and then something special happens and yesterday a special Texel arrived. Everyone wanted a piece of it. ”

Texel sheep originate from the Netherlands and are a favorite with butchers, according to the Texel Sheep Society.

It is traditional for cattle to be sold in Guinea at auction in the UK, and one guinea is equivalent to around US $ 1.40.

The previous record for a sheep was 230,000 pounds – over US $ 307,000 – for a sheep named Deveronvale Perfection in 2009.

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