Some of the Soviet Union's most famous breeds of horses were auctioned in the village of Uspenskoe near Moscow recently.
Some of the Soviet Union's most famous breeds of horses were auctioned in the village of Uspenskoe near Moscow recently. Horse dealers from many countries were in the bidding for dozens of animals bred on Soviet stud farms.
On the first day, nearly 100,000 dollars (40,000 sterling) were taken by the Soviet auctioneers. By the end of the two-day auction, a record had been set for sale prices. One of the major buyers at the auction was the Iranian Army. Among the horses the army bought were Ahaltekin stallions. The highest price paid for a horse was 4,000 dollars (1,600 sterling). The horse, an 18-month-old Orel trotter, went to an Italian buyer, and the bidding changed 26 times before the horse was finally sold.
SYNOPSIS: The village of Uspenskoe near Moscow was the scene of one of the Soviet Union's most important horse auctions. Buyers from around the world attended this year's sales.
Some of the most famous breeds from Soviet stud farms came under the auctioneer's hammer. The large number of foreign buyers indicated the keen international interest in Soviet horses.
Record prices were reached at the two-day sale. Just under 100,000 dollars passed hands, and the auctioneer was kept busy with brisk bidding throughout the sale.
The highest price paid for a horse was 4,000 dollars - for an 18-month-old Orel trotter. The stallion was bid for 26 times before it finally went to an Italian buyer.
The Iranian Army was one of the major buyers at the auction, purchasing many horses from several different breeds.