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Rugs from Washington museum going to NY auction

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 1:10pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- A selection of 16th and 17th century carpets from a Washington D.C museum will be auctioned in New York.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is selling 25 carpets from the William A. Clark collection.

Sotheby's will offer them on June 5. They're estimated to bring up to $9.6.million.

The proceeds will help pay for the museum's future acquisitions.

Among the highlights are two Persian rugs.

The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet is estimated to bring $5 million to $7 million. It's one of the benchmarks by which Persian weavings of the 17th century are measured.

The Lafoes (La-FOYNZ') Carpet is 44 feet long. Its pre-sale estimate is $800,000 to $1.2 million.

Clark was a Montana senator and industrialist. He bequeathed much of his collection to the Corcoran in 1926.

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Online: www.sothebys.com


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