This is a painting of the most expensive tulip ever sold, 13000 florins in 15th ce. Netherlands. That amount would have bought a large house and a tract of land! The unusual stripping is responsible for the Tulip speculation of the 15th century and a virus was responsible for the coloring!
Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania, some single tulip bulbs so - Picmia