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Pictured is a Triumph tulip by the name of “Grand Perfection.” It probably most closely resembles the famous “Semper Augustus” (“Forever Magnificent”) tulip, which commanded the highest prices in the 17th century. According to one source, “Semper Augustus” was worth: “two cartloads of wheat, four cartloads of rye, four fat oxen, eight fat pigs, a dozen fat sheep, four casks of wine, two barrels of beer, two tons of butter, a thousand pounds of cheese, a bed, a silver chalice, several articles of clothing, and a ship to carry everything in.”

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