This spectacular Baccarat crystal chandelier was truly one of the highlights (no pun intended...) of Marc-Arthur Kohn's annual summer auction in Cannes, France earlier this month.
Originally designed for the 1855 Exposition Universelle held on the Champs-Elysées, this piece has been recreated for palaces around the world, including those of the Sultan of Turkey and the Shah of Persia.
Nearly 12 feet in height and 8 1/2 feet in diameter, it unabashedly counts over 9000 crystals, 157 lights and weighs over 1,400 pounds! This stunning piece was estimated to sell for $850,000 to $1.1 million.
Although the original took a mere six days to assemble prior to the auction, three years is the expected wait for a newly created version.
Baccarat chandeliers adorn many of the finest palaces around the world...
A Baccarat crystal chandelier hangs in the grand staircase of the Dolmabahçe Palace.
The Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey has the world's largest collection of Baccarat crystal chandeliers and features Baccarat crystal banisters on one of its many grand staircases.
Detail of the Dolmabahçe chandelier.
A pair of Baccarat crystal chandeliers hang in the Jai Vilas Palace
The Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, India houses two of the world's largest Baccarat crystal chandeliers, weighing over three tons each.
The dazzling effect these chandeliers have on the rooms they embellish makes it easy to understand why, after 245 years, Baccarat has earned (and kept) its reputation as the "Crystal of Kings".