In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Robert Carrier's Great Dishes of the World, which has sold two million copies since the original lavish version was launched in 1963, selling at the then unbelievable price of four guineas (equivalent to about £65 now).
- Bandit sold for 2,300 guineas and the average price throughout the sale was £1,000 per animal.
- I bought Bandari at Goffs in Ireland for 44,000 guineas, while Fight Your Corner was 15,500 guineas as a yearling.
- There were farthings, pennies, oxfords, crowns, florins, shillings, guineas, and pounds, among other divisions.
- The design was still available from Morris and Company in 1912, priced at ninety-eight guineas, making it one of the most expensive cabinets offered by the firm.
- Tenor Ronan Tynan paid what is believed to be a record Irish price of 15,200 guineas for a foal on Saturday last on the final day of a four-day sale of brood mares, foals and yearlings at Donohoe's Horse Sales Complex, Goresbridge.
- The winning bid for Takwin, which was 220,000 guineas in English currency, is the second highest amount paid for a horse at the Tattersalls horses in training sale.
- Tattersalls officials reported the final hammer price of 360,000 English guineas as a record for a yearling at the December sales.
- Such animals commanded huge prices (1,000 guineas was paid for a Beef Shorthorn bull at a time when a labourer's wage was less than £1 a week) and specimens were exported all over the world.
- Twenty bulls were bought by local breeders, with the top price of 10,000 guineas paid by Terry Coghill of Muce Farm, Birsay for a 21-month-old Limousin.
- The previous European record for gross receipts at a yearling auction was 36,545,600 guineas reached at the 1984 Tattersalls Houghton auction.
- Scott, an avid collector of books and other rare artefacts, bought the book for 10 guineas at auction.
- To the auctioneer's surprise the bids rise to 25 guineas, at which inflated level Dobbin secures the instrument.
- In the ram section, there was demand for quality stock, with the top price of the day going to Carl Fawcett of 310 guineas for an excellent Texel shearling.
- An auction sale in Perth last week was the largest in modern times of the tough native breed, and drew record prices, with a three-year-old heifer going for 1,400 guineas.
- According to Hughes, Olsen became an addition to the stable when Komon sold one of his works for the previously unheard-of price of 1000 guineas.
- McCain was the trainer of ‘Rummy’, Britain's most famous horse, whom he bought for what proved to be a bargain price of 6,000 guineas in 1972.
- The Elliotts' highest price in the sale ring was 1,280 guineas for a tup lamb at the breed show and sale at Skipton in 1997.
- After an initial bid of 300,000 guineas, the price rose rapidly to 800,000 guineas.
- A masterpiece which was owned by a Blackburn family for 150 years after being bought for 180 guineas is set to be auctioned for up to £1.2million.
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