Birds of America: The Most Expensive Book In the World $10 Million
John’s book is considered to be an important document portraying America’s natural heritage and culture and is billed as one of the best studies on the various bird species present in the US. It contains a complete set of 435 hand painted illustrations and life sized paintings of America’s birds, all of which were compiled by Auduborn. It contains several intricate works of art along with many authentic hand painted engravings. The artist immensely loved nature and was always drawn towards its magnificent beauty which ultimately reflected in his creations where he depicted the birds he loved.
The immense size of the book is accounted by the fact that John always insisted that his creation must feature life sized illustrations depicting all the known avian species present in North America. The renowned writer was a well-known naturalist and possessed an unparalleled knack of observing and painting the magnificent birds in their natural surroundings. The magnificent larger than life masterpiece dazzles everyone with its sheer beauty and has been hailed by experts for its immaculate historical and ornithological importance. However some of the birds which were painted by the artist have already gone extinct. The ornithologist also managed to discover quite a few new species.
Flamingos, cardinals, finches and trumpeter swans were some of the bird species featured on the book.
According to experts the whopping price commanded by “Birds of America” is due to a combination of its scientific value and grandeur. Audubon’s work of art commanded a princely price tag of 115,000 pound sterling at the time of its launch in 1827 and only the very wealthy could afford to buy it.