Again, on the Clark sale at Sotheby’s yesterday, the results were astonishing. Every single carpet was sold and all above the high-estimate.
As expected, the 17th century Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet was the top lot, sold for the not small price of $33.8 million (estimate 5-7 million), “a new world auction record for any carpet by a significant margin. That price also establishes a new benchmark for any Islamic work of art at auction“.
The Lafoes Carpet was the second highest lot, sold for 4,645,000 USD (estimate 800,000-1,200,000).