Armando broke another record with his sale as the most expensive bird to be sold at auction, CNN reported. The previous record-holder was a pigeon named Nadine, who, according to CNN, sold for more than $450,000.
Pigeon racing has grown in popularity in China in recent years, CNN reported. Jiangming Liu, who works for PIPA in China, told CNN the organization knew bidders would pay top dollar for Armando, but that no one expected the pigeon to sell for as much as he did.
"We're all surprised," Liu said.