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Fancy Table Setting Sells For $3 Million At Auction

NPR
Friday, July 5, 2013

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Back in 1922, the Maharaja of Patiala commissioned a new dining set ahead of a visit to India by the Prince of Wales. That silver-gilt set — 1,400 pieces — has sold at auction for $3 million. The prince later became King Edward VIII.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. If royalty is coming to dinner, break out the fancy dinnerware - or buy more. Back in 1922, the maharaja of Patiala commissioned a new dining set ahead of a visit to India by the prince of Wales. Now that silver-gilt set - 1,400 pieces - has sold at auction for $3 million. The maharaja's expensive taste was not confined to the dining room, he also traveled in a motorcade of up to 20 Rolls Royces. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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