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Carpet from 17th century sells for $33.7 million at auction

Carpet was a rare Persian rug from the 17th century, and it sold to an anonymous bidder for $33.7 million. The $33.7 million carpet shattered the previous record for a carpet sold at auction.

A Persian rug from the early 17th century has sold for $33.7 million in New York City.

Sotheby's auction house says Wednesday's price for the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was more than three times the previous auction record for a carpet.

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The Sickle-Leaf Carpet sold to an anonymous telephone bidder. The seller was the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The carpet was part of a collection bequeathed to Corcoran in 1926 by William A. Clark, an industrialist and U.S. senator from Montana.

The previous record price for a carpet was $9.6 million for a Persian carpet sold by Christie's in London in April 2010.

The price includes the auction house's premium.