Many may not know what the Marzarin chest is, or ever heard of it before, which probably explains while it spent years being a resting place for television.
The piece is an antique Japanese lacquer box that is considered an artistic treasure that is worth well into the millions. The piece was made in 1640 in Japan and somehow became nothing more than an entertainment center in someone's house until recently.
Neatorama disclosed the travel of the Mazarin chest, describing it's being built in Kaomi Nagashige and travel from Japan with other boxes much like it. The chest then disappeared only to be rediscovered by a French engineer in 2013.
The best passed hands many times according to The History Blog. However, in 1941 the box dropped off the map and its whereabouts were unknown until recently.
The Victoria and Albert Museum had been seeking the antique for years, and they discovered that the engineer had bought it for $150 in 1970. It was found that he used it as a television stand and then as a bar until he passed this year. It was then discovered in his home only blocks away from the Victoria & Albert museum.
The chest is comprised of wood and gold lacquer sold in The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam at an auction over the summer for just under $10 million dollars. As far as TV stands go, it is likely among the most expensive of all time.