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.Read More
All photos ©Gary Ricketts. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.
These photographs may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission.