What is the most expensive piece of furniture in the world?
On July 05 1990 Christie's sold
the Badminton Cabinet for $15 million.
The cabinet was commissioned in 1726 by Henry Somerset,
the third duke of Beaufort.
It took about 30 craftsmen six years to build the
Badminton Cabinet out of ebony, gilt-bronze and pietra dura.
But it doesn't end here.
On December 09 2004 the cabinet went up for auction
once again at Christies.
After furious bidding the gavel came down and Dr. Johan Kraeftner, director
of the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna, on behalf of Prinz Hans-Adam II of
Liechtenstein, had the winning bid on the world's most expensive piece of
furniture at £19,045,250.00 or $36,662,106.00 USD.
The Badminton Cabinet
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