Sunday, March 14, 2010

King Tut blockbuster is New York bound -- but not to the Met

Los Angeles Times

Is New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art suffering from Tut envy?

Since opening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on June 16, 2005, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," the second coming of bling from the boy king's tomb, has played to some 5.5 million people in the United States and 1.1 million in London.

The Met was given first dibs on the show of 130 artifacts from Tut and other more powerful rulers from his lineage. But its leaders declined, back in 2004, to waive the museum's policy of not requiring an admission fee.

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