Austrian Emperor’s $70,000 Chimney headlines Sotheby’s auction

The antique look is soon gaining prominence as a decoration option for spacious homes. And for antique collectors, anything that is rare and dated is of utmost interest. And this time around Sotheby’s has brought forth a rare neo-Gothic terracotta chimney piece belonging to the Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia and King of Hungary, in the late 19th century. The piece is touted to fetch up to $700,000.

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The 8.5-feet high chimney was built to enclose the king’s fireplace at a royal Hapsburg family palace, spot the motto Viribus Unitis meaning “With united forces”.