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Anna Pavord

The Tulip

Hay Festival 1999 , 
In an auction held in Holland in February 1637, 99 lots of tulip bulbs fetched a staggering 90,000 guilders, more than £6 million in today's money. Tulipomania had reached its height. In this sublimely illustrated lecture the author introduces her astonishing history of Europe's most desired flower.