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Met benefits from record visitors to Big Apple

Usak, TURKEY: A combo picture released 14 June 2006 shows the original (L) and the fake (R) brooch from the so-called Lydian Hoard. The theft of an ancient masterpiece from a Turkish museum — with the suspected help of its director — has sounded the alarm over Turkey’s ability to protect its heritage, prompting inspections in public-run museums across the country.The scandal broke in May when the director of the Usak museum in western Turkey and six others were arrested, suspected of stealing a golden brooch in the shape of a winged seahorse from the so-called Lydian Hoard and replacing it with a fake. The embarrassment was compounded by the fact that the famed 2,500-year-old collection, known in Turkey as the “Treasure of Croesus,” was repatriated only in 1993 after a lengthy legal battle with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that reportedly cost 40 million dollars (31 million euros). AFP PHOTO / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Eastern Eye Staff

THE famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York pulled in a record 7.35 million visitors in the last financial year, the institution announced last Thursday (5), four months after intro­ducing mandatory out-of-town admis­sion charges. The attendance figures for the fiscal year ending June 30 covered the cultural landmark’s Fifth Avenue headquarters, the Met Cloisters in northern Manhat­tan and the Met Breuer dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The Met said it was the highest fis­cal-year attendance in the museum’s recorded history, attributing it in large part to a Michelangelo exhibition vis­ited by 702,516 people from Novem­ber 2017 to February…

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