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]