The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the centre of controversy over the management's decision to sell some of its treasures because of a cash shortage.
GV & CU Buyers at auction (4 shots)
CU French impressionist paintings (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Ditto
CU Withdrawn painting (village green)
MV ZOOM INTO CU Chariot of Apollo painting
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Painting
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Buyers
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Background: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the centre of controversy over the management's decision to sell some of its treasures because of a cash shortage.
A Sotheby's auction at the Parks Bernet galleries included 11 of the museum's paintings, passed as "second best" by the Met, raised two hundred and twenty thousand pounds-- almost a hundred thousand more than the museum expected. Commentators say the higher prices were reached because a storm of controversy over the proposed sale attracted more buyers than usual, which in turn pushed prices up. The top bid, 42 thousand pounds, came from a Japanese buyer for a painting by Redon.
The museum is short of money after spending two million pounds on a Velasquaz last year, and it says the paintings just sold had never been shown. Nevertheless, art experts think the prices paid may have been inflated because of a possibility that further sales may be stopped, even though the museum says it has more art works to sell.