Riyadh — The most expensive Gyrfalcon ever was sold on Sunday, the last day of the International Falcon Breeders Auction (IFBA). The auction was organized by SFC, the Saudi Falcon Club, at its headquarters in Malham, north of Riyadh. The falcon was bid for $466,667 (SR1,750,000) by the lucky falconer, who gets to take the beautiful bird home with him.
The falcon is a Gyr Qarmousha Falcon “Falco Rusticolus “(Ultra White) Farkh (under one-year-old) from the American “Pacific Northwest Falcons” farm, the best international breeding farm. The American falcon is 16.5 inches long and wide and weighs 980 grams.
The competitive bidding, which was broadcast live on television and live-streamed on social media platforms, lasted long. Bidders competed over this falcon because it was the world’s foremost of its kind to be offered in an auction.
IFBA started on Aug. 5 and witnessed record sales. One of them was selling a rare beauty Canadian falcon for $66,676 (SR350,000). The participating international breeding farms, coming from 14 countries, exhibited some of the most elite falcons. This year’s auction received an excellent response and attendance from Saudi and regional falconers.