Last June, the record was supposedly broken in New Zealand. The white-tipped black tail feather of the hula, an extinct bird that was last seen in 1907, sold at an Auckland auction house for 8,400 New Zealand dollars, which is equivalent to $5,800. The record was previously held by a bald eagle feather, which sold for $2,800 in the US. Hula feathers are typically used for the adornment of Maori chiefs, and this is the indirect cause of their extinction; chiefs encountered British traders in the early 1900s, and the feathers were brought back to Britain. The exotic accessories became fashionable, and that was that.
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