Special edition prints created from the world’s most expensive book.
The Birds of America is a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. The work consists of hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 39 by 26 inches (99 by 66 cm). In March 2000, a copy of The Birds of America sold at Christie’s for $8.8 million, making it the most expensive book ever recorded.
Our team were tasked with producing a limited edition of life sized, authentic replicas of the books most popular illustrations.
New scans of the original paintings were taken using the very latest imaging equipment. Our team were then granted special permission to compare the original paper substrate with dozens of modern equivalents, allowing us to make a very precise match.
We produced numerous rounds of colour proofs, each compared next to the original, until the Natural History Museum’s picture librarians were satisfied of an accurate replica. We believe the finished results are indistinguishable from the originals.
The Birds of America limited editions are available as a print-only or finished in a specially designed gold frame. Each print is features a Natural History Museum deboss, is hand numbered and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.