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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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)