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‘Birds of America’ Book Fetches Record $11.5 Million

A copy of John James Audubon’s early-19th-century illustrated “Birds of America” sold in London tonight for 7.3 million pounds ($11.5 million), a record for any printed work.

The book was estimated at 6 million pounds at Sotheby’s. Its price exceeded the $8.8 million paid in March 2000 by Sheikh Saud al-Thani of Qatar at Christie’s International for another copy.