Opening the Gates of Versailles

Talk about a party: 3,416 top salespeople from Sun Microsystems Inc. outfitted in 17th- century costume frolicking in the gardens of Versailles. That's right, Versailles.

Sun was one of many companies the French government hopes will rent out function space at the castle, part of the Cultural Ministry's plan to raise the $470 million needed to restore Versailles' buildings and grounds to their 17th century grandeur. Prices range from $15,000 for a party by the fountain to $70,000 for

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