Monday 19 February 2018

Rare Persian carpet makes a tidy pile at sale

A Persian rug from the early 17th Century has sold for $33.7m (about €25m) in New York.

Sotheby's auction house said the price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet.

It sold to an anonymous telephone bidder. The seller was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

The carpet was part of a collection bequeathed to Corcoran in 1926 by William A Clark, an industrialist and US senator.

The previous record price for a carpet was $9.6m.

Irish Independent

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