Persian Rug Sold for $33.7 Million Dollars

06/13/2013
Set that sold for $33.7 Million

Set that sold for $33.7 Million

Rug that sold for $33.7 Million

Rug that sold for $33.7 Million

NEW YORKA Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for $33.7 million in New York City.

Sotheby’s auction house says Wednesday’s price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet.  The Sickle-Leaf Carpet sold to an anonymous telephone bidder. The seller was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.The carpet was part of a collection bequeathed to Corcoran in 1926 by William A. Clark, an industrialist and U.S. senator from Montana.  The previous record price for a carpet was $9.6 million for a Persian carpet sold by Christie’s in London in April 2010.  The Sickle-Leaf carpet measures 8 feet 9 inches by 6 feet 5 inches. The price includes the auction house’s premium. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57587962/persian-rug-from-1600s-fetches-record-$33.7m-at-auction© 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Today’s sale of Important Carpets from the William A. Clark Collection Sold by the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Benefit Future Acquisitions brought an impressive total of $43,764,750, over four times the pre-sale high estimate of $9.6 million, making it the most successful carpet auction ever held. The auction was 100% sold, achieving “White Glove” status, and with every single lot achieving a price above its pre-sale high estimate. At least four bidders fought for over 10 minutes for the star lot, the important and revered 17th century Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, which sold for an astounding price of $33,765,000 (est. $5/7 million), a new world auction record at auction for any carpet by a significant margin. — The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet Achieves a Record $33.8 Million (4 photos)