Famed Audubon tome fetches $10.2 million

John James Audubon’s famed “Birds of America” sold for nearly $10.3 million at auction on Tuesday, making it the world’s most expensive published book.

The work consists of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species, made from engraved copper plates of various sizes. They were printed on sheets measuring about 39 by 26 inches, according to The Associated Press.

The book, written and illustrated by the famed ornithologist, naturalist and painter, is one of just 119 complete copies known to exist. Of those, 108 are in museums and libraries.

The book was auctioned by Sotheby’s of London from the collection of the late 2nd Baron Hesketh, an aristocratic book collector.

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SC county wants to start its own bank?

Anderson County is not what you would call an “under-banked” market. Twenty different banks serve the county, with more than 60 branches between them. Nearly as many credit unions operate in the locale, as well.

But despite that, Anderson officials are giving serious consideration to creating a “county bank” that would specialize in small loans for small businesses, according to the Anderson Independent Mail.

Last week, the Anderson County Council finance committee lent its support to the creation of a bank that would make loans of between $5,000 to $30,000 specifically to help create small businesses in the county or for the maintenance of existing businesses, the paper reported.

The county would borrow the bank’s start-up money from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development branch and would repay it over 30 years with a rate of 1 percent interest.

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