Semper Augustus, known as the most expensive tulip

The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused - a book by Mike Dash. 

It is often so that tulips are directly linked to The Netherlands in our minds and after reading Tulipomania, I can understand why. Though the tulip is originally from Turkey, the extraordinary circumstances it managed to create in The Netherlands was astounding. Trading a house for a tulip bulb is not common at the moment, in the mid-1600’s however the prices of tulips were becoming increasingly high and eventually led financial meltdown.