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Louis XVI Secretary Auctioned for Record $2.09 Million

November 1, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A Louis XVI writing desk once owned by Baron Alphonse de Rothschild was sold for a record $2.09 million to an anonymous buyer, a spokeswoman for Sotheby’s said.

The private collector used an agent Friday to bid on the tulipwood and purplewood secretary, said Gillian Arthur.

The piece, created around 1766 by Martin Carlin, features a white and gray veined marble top and a fall front mounted with oval Sevres porcelain plaques.

The price, which included a 10 percent buyer’s premium, was a world record for a piece of furniture sold at auction, the spokeswoman said. The old record was $1,779,920 for a Louis XV corner cabinet, she said.

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