A SHEEP has sold at auction for a whop­ping £367,500 – a new world record.

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Dou­ble Di­a­mond was snapped up in a joint bid by three breed­ers at a sale in La­nark.

The six-month-old lamb, which is de­scribed as be­ing heav­ily mus­cled, has a dis­tinc­tive gold colour. He is a pedi­gree Texel sheep, which is a rare and ex­pen­sive breed that orig­i­nated on an is­land off the coast of the Nether­lands.

The previous record for a sheep sale was £231,000, set in 2009. Dou­ble

Di­a­mond smashed that and will now be shared by three farm­ers based in Scot­land and Eng­land. He will likely en­joy a long life of breed­ing with fe­male sheep.

Jeff Aiken, one of the breed­ers who bought Dou­ble Di­a­mond, said: “He is the best lamb I have ever seen – so cor­rect on his legs, bright, with a great top. He’s got it all.” A lamb that costs more than the av­er­age price of a house in the UK? Ewe couldn’t make it up!

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