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Extinct bird feather fetches $6,000 at auction

A feather belonging to the extinct huia bird has sold for nearly $6,000, making it the most expensive feather in the world.

The huia bird is thought to be extinct and has not been seen since 1907.

The feather went under the hammer at Webb’s Auction House in Auckland.

Neil Campbell, the managing director of Webb’s, said that the auction room had been “spellbound” as the bidding mounted.

“Starting in $100 increments, that quickly leapt into the thousands and came to rest at a world record price (for a single feather) of $8400 ($6,787)”

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