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Tulip Mania.

In the 17th century (1630 – app. 1637) a rather bizarre tulip mania, also called “tulip rage” or “tulip craze” arose in the republic of the Seven United Netherlands:  suddenly tulip bulbs became speculative merchandise.

This rage drove the prices up to excessive heights, even up to the point when a bulb was worth its weight in gold.  The rage was at its peak at the end of 1636, beginning of 1637.  In February 1637 the “bulb market” collapsed just as sudden as it had developed; many speculators  were left with nothing.

Tulips were cultivated in various colours and were painted in still lives by artists like Nicolaes van Verendael.  Also, a lot of drawings of tulips were made in this period.