The engsi sold for .....3,750$ plus buyer's commission of 20%.
Since our initial post, RK has seen several better pictures sent by a reader who attended the preview. We can assuredly state there is at least one synthetic dye, and this engsi is probably circa 1870-80 at the earliest.
What is it worth?
For someone with an under-developed eye and low connoisseurship to hang on the wall it surely is worth what it sold for.
This understood, it has no real historic or collecor value because it is not historic, nor would any experienced collector want to own it.
Frankly, RK believes this engsi sold on the greater fool theory. The buyer believing reselling it in a more sophisticated environment, like a major auction house carpet sale, will turn a profit.
RK is not sorry to bust that bubble, as we believe, and in fact know, it would sell for less, as the major attraction -- that greater fool theory -- has already expired.