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  • Monday, December 09, 2013

    Another World

    YOUR GEAR TOO EXPENSIVE ?
    Frivolity Got You Down ?
    just buy a $33,000,000.00 rug
    THIS RUG ONCE LIVED IN MONTANA
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    .. So your ancient bamboo rod cost $10,000 and it's only been lawn cast because you think you may damage it?
    .. What if you had a hunk of cotton, wool, silk, goat berries, and camel dung on the floor of your palace? Would you walk on it? Even if it cost $33,700,00.00?
    .. This Persian rug from the 17th century went for about $600,000.00 per square foot. That's about three times as much as the previous record for a rug at auction. The auction was held at Sotheby’s.
    .. The rug is known as the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet and was once owned by Montana Billionaire industrialist and U.S. Senator William Clark. He got to Washington in the time-honored tradition of bribing the state legislature and was reputed to have said: "I never bought a man who wasn't for sale."
    .. Mark Twain once said of Clark: "He is as rotten a human being as can be found anywhere under the flag; he is a shame to the American nation, and no one has helped to send him to the Senate who did not know that his proper place was the penitentiary, with a ball and chain on his legs. To my mind he is the most disgusting creature that the republic has produced since Tweed's time."
    ..Clark bought the rug on a trip to the Orient in the early 1900's and donated it, (posthumously,) to the Corcoran Museum in the US capital, Washington DC, in 1925.
    .. The auction was won by a telephone bid and the suspicion is that the rug is about to be repatriated to the Orient.
    .. This is a world absolutely unfamiliar to us. We fish our $100.00 rods, walk on our rugs, and have little to leave to any museum.
    .. Then, again, there are "Fly Fishing Properties" going for that sum and more - perhaps some of the celebrity anglers that own them will leave them to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman for us all to enjoy.
    Read about it:
    -- William Andrews Clark,
    -- Mail Online,
    -- Washington Post, Valley News,
    -- Nomad Rugs,
    -- Nazmiyal Collection,
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    WATCH THE BIDDING
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    WALLPAPER: ORIENTAL RUG