Carpet: $33.7 Million Auction Bid From Anonymous Caller

    June 6, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A rare Persian carpet sold at Sotheby’s auction house on Wednesday was nabbed by an anonymous caller who dropped $33.7 million to own it.

The carpet is from the 17th century and came from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; they received it in 1926 from William A. Clark, a U.S. senator from Montana. Measuring 8’9″ by 6’5″, it is now the record holder for fetching the highest bid at auction. A Persian rug sold at Christie’s in 2010 for $9.6 million.

Oriental rug expert Jan David Winitz says that more and more people are collecting well-crafted rugs as art.

“I expected that the piece would draw strong bidding,” he said, “but this price which is more than three and one-half times higher than the highest previously paid for a rug is truly phenomenal. The Safavid ‘Sickle Leaf’ Persian rug from the collection of William Andrews Clark is well-documented in the Oriental rug literature. The auction comes at a time when art collectors are increasingly interested in the best-of-the-best historical Oriental rugs, which are almost entirely in museum collections and rarely come to market.”

  • Name

    Hmm…. use $33.7 million dollars to develop industry to employ or feed people …. or buy a rug.

    People wonder why the world is in such a bad state. It is because we do stupid things like this. The true sin in the world is that we don’t use our resources to help others. There are so many opportunities to do some good. We just don’t chose to do the good.

  • your mother

    for $33.7 million, it better be able to fly.

  • Rex Fletcher

    I needed something just a tadd larger

  • Doug Saunders

    That’s one hell of a price to pay just to have a place for your FUCKING MUTT can wipe his ass off in the morning !