Pride of Poland horse auction raises EUR 1.3 million
PR dla Zagranicy
The world-famous Pride of Poland Arabian horse auction in Janów Podlaski, eastern Poland, has raised EUR 1.27 million, less than hoped, while the star of the auction being sold twice.
Emira during the Pride of Poland auction. Photo: PAP/Wojciech Pacewicz
The 16-year old mare Emira was expected to achieve the highest price at this year’s auction.
However she was initially sold for EUR 550,000 and then re-auctioned and sold for EUR 225,000 after the first buyer withdrew.
Due to the lower price for Emira the highest valued horse was actually the 11-year old mare Sefora, sold for EUR 300,000.
A total of 30 mares and one stallion were put up for sale at Pride of Poland, of which 15 were not sold as bids did not exceed the minimum sale price.
The overall amount raised this year is relatively small compared to previous auctions. Last year at Pride of Poland 24 horses were sold for a total of EUR 4 million, while in 2014 24 horses were sold for EUR 2.1 million.
Many of the usual participants did not turn up this year, including Shirley Watts, wife of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and buyers from China.
Shirley Watts threatened to sue government officials earlier this year following the death of two Arabian mares being kept at Janów Podlaski. (sl/rg)