A six-month-old Texel lamb named Double Diamond has been sold for R8 million in Scotland last week, making it the most expensive sheep in the world.
According to the Texel Sheep Society, the lamb was the subject of much pre-sale speculation and a crowd puller from the moment he set foot in the market.
Double Diamond was sold at the Scottish National Texel Sale held in Lanark on 27 August by his breeder Charlie Boden.
During the auction the price was quickly escalating due to a bidding war. In the end, the three top bidders agreed on a three-way partnership.
Business Insider reports that the sheep’s selling price blew past the previously set record. In 2009 another Texel called Deveronvale Perfection sold for about R5 million.
The Texel Sheep Society’s explains that they often sell for large sums because they have a muscular build and produce high-quality lean meat. Double Diamond comes with a long history of great genes, the reason for the high price tag.
Texel sheep originate from the Netherlands on the island of Texel.
Watch the Inside Edition video below for more information on Double Diamond, the world’s most expensive sheep.
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