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.