You’ll be glad to know that a copy of the $8 million Audubon classic “The Birds of America” is going on auction next week at Christie’s – in case you have some spare change lying around.

But perhaps even more interesting is the the amazing story behind its original publication as told by Jessica Gelt of the LA Times. Evidently, Audubon’s work was unappreciated in America. He was blackballed in Philadelphia, then the home of the American publishing and printing industry, and was forced to travel to Europe to get his masterpiece published.

Obviously, there is more to the story than that but you’ll need to read Ms. Gelt’s post to learn how it all went down.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)