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Sotheby’s Smashes World Record for Any Piece of English Furniture Sold at Auction

December 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Artifacts & Decorative Arts

LONDON.- In the midst of the excitement surrounding the record price achieved for Audubon’s Birds of America yesterday, another world record was set in a different field. An exquisite serpentine-shaped Harrington Commode, dating to circa 1770 and almost certainly crafted by Thomas Chippendale, exceeded the previous world record for any piece of English furniture at auction* by over £1 million. Following a stretch of prolonged bidding in the sale room, the commode achieved a sum three times that of its [...]