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  • NYC museum displaying Audubon's bird watercolors

    The New-York Historical Society is exhibiting its entire collection of 474 bird watercolors by John James Audubon for the first time.

  • Peterson Field Guide photos coming to NYC auction

    Artist and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson's illustrated Field Guide series helped popularize bird watching the world over and set the standard for the modern nature guide. Next month, bird lovers will have the chance to buy the original paintings, drawings and photographs that were used to illustrate his system of bird identification.

  • Audubon's 'Birds of America' fetches $7.9M in NYC

    A rare first edition of John James Audubon's illustrated "The Birds of America" depicting more than 400 life-size North American species in four monumental volumes was purchased at auction Friday for $7.9 million.

  • Philly museum brings 'Birds of America' to public

    One of the world's rarest and most valuable books is out of the vault and on public view as part of an unusual daily ritual at the nation's oldest natural history museum.

  • Clarification: Britain-Rare Book story

    In a Dec. 7 story about the auction of a rare edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" book, The Associated Press reported the book sold at auction for the hammer price of $10,270,000. That figure excluded the buyer's premium, which was added later and brought the price to $11,567,575.

  • Sotheby's auction house worker Mary Engleheart, goes through a rare copy of a book of illustrations by John James Audubon's "Birds of America," in central London, Thursday Sept. 9, 2010. The collection of 435 hand-colored prints, made from engravings of Audubon's illustrations, measures more than 3 feet by 2 feet (90 centimeters by 60 centimeters) because Audubon wanted to paint the birds life size. According to the house, the book of four volumes could reach 6 million pounds ($9.25 million) when it is auctioned in the Magnificent Books, Manuscripts and Drawings from the Collection of Frederick, 2nd Lord Hesketh sale which will take place at Sotheby's in London on Dec. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Sotheby's to sell rare Audubon 'Birds of America'

    A rare copy of John James Audubon's "Birds of America," billed as the world's most expensive book, is up for sale alongside a first edition of Shakespeare's plays at an auction to set book lovers' pulses racing, Sotheby's said Thursday.

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