Furniture pieces can make headlines too. The record for the most expensive piece of furniture was set at a Sotheby event, where a commode with its secretaire fetched $6.9 million.
The Louis XVI era commode was just one piece from the collection which belonged to Edmond J. Safra, one of the most accomplished bankers of the 20th century. The entire collection was sold for $46 million, but this Ormolu mounted Japanese style commode, with an intricate design in gold paint and covered with glossy black lacquer, was the highlight of the event.
Another piece of furniture, the 1770 Harrington Commode, made by Thomas Chippendale, managed to fetch $6.06 million.