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diagem

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http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=25734


" Pearl of Baroda Rug Fetches Almost $5 Million at Sotheby''s



By UPI Posted: 03/20/09 15:04




(RAPAPORT) UPI: An 18th-century carpet commissioned by an Indian maharajah has become the world''s most expensive rug after selling at auction in Qatar for $4.8 million. Sotheby''s said the price fetched by the famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda broke a record of $4.45 million, set one year ago for a silk Isfahan carpet, The Peninsula, Qatar''s English-language daily, reported on Friday.

Created using an estimated 2 million natural seed pearls, the Pearl of Baroda features a centerpiece of three large rosettes put together with table-cut diamonds set in silvered gold. Sotheby''s says a rare Safavid silk velvet panel from 17th-century Iran sparked a bidding battle at Thursday''s auction and ended up selling for ten times its estimate.


The Qatar auction was Sotheby''s first international auction series in the Middle East. It took in $18 million, including buyer''s premium, The Peninsula reported.


Copyright © 2009 United Press International"

http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?sale_number=D09005&live_lot_id=401






 

Ellen

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Wow, that is some rug.
Thanks for posting this!
 

Streeter1

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There was a strand, actually double strand, of pearls on auction recently called the Baroda pearls. It fetched over $7 million at auction! I wuold think this carpet would fetch more...!
 

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WOW! This certainly is no indication that the (world) economy is suffering!! Amazing...
 

mandyd

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Baroda pearls, of course, are from India. You can see them in all those old photographs of Maharajas from India. Just mouth watering!
 
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