things most remarkable No.6
for extra marks - identify each object, person
or image beyond the meerly obvious.
here's the answer for (b) as no one figured out either ... losers
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 ( as in the Beaufort Sea or Beaufort Scale .. look it up ) .
It took about 30 craftsmen six years to build the Badminton
Cabinet out of ebony, rare woods, semi prescious stones, inlaid pearl,
gilt-bronze , pietra dura and (get ready) Ormolou ... ha ha .
But it doesn't end here, my little monkees...
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, ( we'lll discuss this particular absurdity in class, Lichenstein ?? )
had the winning bid on the world's most expensive piece of furniture at £19,045,250.00 or $36,662,106.00 USD. ... And like your Grandmother, they promptly covered it in clear plastic and would'nt let anyone
except really important guests sit on it.