Carpet bagger's £22m for rare rug
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.