A first edition of John James Audubon's “The Birds of America” is shown during a preview at Christie's auction house in New York, in this January 13, 2012, file picture. Photo: Reuters

Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’, the most beautiful book in the world, sells for $9.6 million

The first-edition copy is one of just 13 known to exist, and features 1,037 life-size illustrations

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A first edition of John James Audubon's “The Birds of America” is shown during a preview at Christie's auction house in New York, in this January 13, 2012, file picture. Photo: Reuters
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