The Most Expensive English Furniture Piece

At a mere $5,980,438 the cabinet above is officially the most expensive piece of English furniture ever sold at auction.  It belonged to furniture designer Thomas Chippendale and was 240 years-old.  According to Luxist, the battle over the piece lasted for 15 minutes and the final price was three times its estimate.

“This remarkable commode which is outstandingly beautiful in both form and condition, was keenly contested by five bidders,” said Henry House, the auctioneer.  “The final price demonstrating true demand in the market for items of real quality, and one which I feel is justly deserved for an item that has been an honour to sell.”

Looks like it belongs in a museum and not a private residency.  The exquisite detailing along the legs, running from the bottom to top is like nothing being made today.  [via Freshome]

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  • I Dare You To Bid December 13, 2010, 5:53 am

    Wow, that is one old piece of furniture. Maybe I'll hold on to my cabinet from a box that I assembled for a few hundred years and see what happens.

    • jamesfurbush December 13, 2010, 6:28 am

      It would be funny to think of an IKEA cabinet selling for six figures in two hundred years. OMG! It's made from genuine particle board!