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All Hail the World's Priciest Carpet

17th-century Persian rug sells for $33.7M at auction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2013 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Please remember to wipe your feet: A Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for $33.7 million in New York City. Sotheby's auction house says yesterday's price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet. It went to an anonymous telephone bidder, and the seller was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC. The carpet was part of a collection bequeathed to Corcoran in 1926 by William A. Clark, an industrialist and US senator from Montana. The previous record price for a carpet was $9.6 million for a Persian carpet sold by Christie's in 2010. (Read more Sotheby's stories.)

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