Cologne (dpa / lnw) - A Persian carpet from Cologne City Hall, on which the Queen used to stand, has been auctioned for 80,000 euros. That's a hammer price, said a spokeswoman for the Lempertz auction house on Friday in Cologne. The buyer is from Dubai. The estimated value of the 14 meter long and 6.25 meter wide carpet was 30,000 to 40,000 euros. Lempertz auctioned it on behalf of the city of Cologne. The media had previously reported.
The carpets were originally commissioned by the Nazis for representative buildings. In 1962 they were acquired by the city of Cologne. The largest was in the Hansasaal in the historic town hall, which is now to be repaired in accordance with the monument.