Monday 22 January 2018

Carpet bagger's £22m for rare rug

An early 17th century has sold for 22 million pounds (AP/Sotheby's)
An early 17th century has sold for 22 million pounds (AP/Sotheby's)

A Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for 33.7 million dollars (£22 million) in New York City.

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.

The Sickle-Leaf Carpet 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 Clark, an industrialist and US senator from Montana.

The previous record price for a carpet was 9.6 million dollars (£6.2 million) for a Persian carpet sold by Christie's in London in April 2010.

The Sickle-Leaf carpet measures 8ftt 9ins by 6ft 5ins.

The price includes the auction house's premium.

Press Association

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