In 1965 King Farouk
died at the dinner table in Rome where he lived for the last part of his life. The highly overweight former king of Egypt keeled over after an especially heavy meal. Thus ending a rich life of excess and having fun as a member of royalty - when such people were growing continually less common (and with lifestyles like that, who can blame a populous for not wanting to support that). King Farouk fled Egypt in the early 1950s when his highly corrupt government was overthrown. While he might not have been the best ruler, he was really good at enjoying the lifestyle. He was especially well known (even among his peers) for enjoying all things lavish. Owning many homes and 100s of cars, Farouk had a penchant for traveling to Europe and succumbing to regular shopping excursions. In his heyday he was somewhat of a trend-setter for the Egyptian elite and his grand tastes were known around the world.
Rau Antiques in New Orleans has acquired a King Farouk bedroom set. The several piece set is from the mid 19th century and right up King Farouk's alley in terms of taste and poise. The seven piece set is Parisian and done in mostly mahogany wood. Lots of gilded bronze accents and decor inspired by mythology and fantasy creatures. Probably one of his favorites. Price for the set is $985,000 - you can see more here at Rau online
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