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Tulip

In 1637 a Dutch farmer purchased a single Viceroy variety tulip bulb for two [loads] of wheat and four of rye, four fat oxen, eight pigs, a dozen sheep, two oxheads of wine, four tons of butter, a thousand pounds of cheese, a bed, some clothing and a silver beaker.

Some rare tulip bulbs were fetching prices equivalent to over $100,000 in today's dollars.

Tulip prices were so excessive and tulip speculation was so widespread the Dutch government ended the tulip mania with economic controls in 1637.

Gary Rickettsgrickettsgricketts.comPhotography by Gary RickettsFlowerSpringtulip