Sotheby’s auction ‘Important Carpets from the William A. Clark Collection’ 5 June 2013 in New York brought a world record for a carpet sold at an auction. A 17th century Kerman carpet ‘The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet’, lot 12, sold for an exceptional price of $33.8 million.
‘Selling the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet for a record-breaking price of more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet has unquestionably been the highlight of my 30 year career’ said Mary Jo Otsea.
Totally this auction brought $43.8 million, which is far above the pre-sale estimate of $9.6 million. All 25 carpet lots were sold and all lots achieved a price far above their estimates.