The most expensive tulip bulb in history costed as much as the finest house on the most fashionable Amsterdam canal
This rare bulb was a Semper Augustus tulip and in January 1637 its price reached 10,000 guilders. As Mike Dash, the author of “Tulipomania” puts it, it was “sufficient to purchase one of the grandest homes on the most fashionable canal in Amsterdam, complete with a coach house and an 80-ft (25-m) garden”.
Semper Augustus tulip. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons