What’s a mansion without a suit of armor?

Is there a cliche of a well-appointed mansion more ubiquitous than the brightly polished suit of armor along the staircase? But increasingly suits of medieval armor are hard to come by. What is a castle owner to do? Head to Sotheby’s of course.

A three-quarter-length cuirass from the first decade of the 17th century sold in London earlier this month for $1.3 million, according to the Antique Trades Gazette. The armor was estimated to sell for roughly half that price and is now thought to be a an auction record for 17th century armor.

The armor is “the best seen at auction for four decades,” West London arms and armor specialist Tom Del Mar said. Henry House, senior director and head of furniture and decorative arts at Sotheby’s London, added that “it was the best suit of armour that had been on the open auction market since the Hever Castle sale in 1984.”


That’s a lot of money to make your house spooky, but some people are just really devoted to creating Scooby Doo vibes. [ATG]