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1732 Giant Florentine Holds the Record for Most Expensive Furniture Worth $36 Million

December 23, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

A 1732 Florentine Ebony Cabinet Chest originally made in Italy was purchased for an astonishing $36,000,000. The auction was conducted in London by Christie's Auction House in December of 2004. At the time it was the highest price ever paid at an auction for any furniture.

This broke the record of the highest price ever paid at auction and including a private sale. The previous record was held by none other than this same 1792 Florentine Cabinet Ebony Chest n it originally sold in 1990.

The Florentine cabinet contains amethyst,quarts,chalcedony,jasper, lapis lazuli,agate, pietra dura, embeded scarce rocks and several other valuable stones. The chest has about 10 different drawers surrounded by a black base background. It has beautiful gold and wooden ornaments adorned by blue purplish borders throughout the frame. It has some intricately detailed birds and floral designs encrusted in the stones. Additionally it is a very large piece of furniture measuring almost 12 feet tall which stands on 8 different luxurious legs in order to hold its full weight. It is nick-named the Badminton Cabinet since it resided in the city of Badminton for approximately 200 years.

It was originally commissioned in 1726 to be given to Duke the III. I was then completed sometime around 1732 by Henry Somerset at a young age of 19 years old. He was an English Duke from Beaufort Florence Italy. This particular chest had previously sold in 1990 when Barbara Piasecka Johnson a billionaire from the Johnson and Johnson Family purchased it for a hammer price of $15.1 million. With the buyers premium included it realized an approximate $17,000,000. Also a record price at the time.

Fourteen years later Barbara Piasecka re-consigned it to Chirsite's Auction House where they resold it in another auction. Prince Hans Adam II from Liechtenstein was the winning bidder. Dr. Johan Kraefter represented the Prince in the auction by placing his winning bid.

By the end of the auction Prince Hans paid a total of $36 million for the chest. This was new record at the time for any piece of furniture. After the auction Prince Hans donated it to the Liechtenstein Museum located in Vienna Australia. Prince Hans happens to be the Director of the Museum and the 1732 Ebony Cabinet Chest that he now owns is displayed to the public with numerous other of his collectibles that are already in the museum.

Jaime Hernandez

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