NY’s Met Museum Gets Cubist Donation

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, Leonard Lauder attends the 2009 Whitney Museum of American Art gala and studio party in New York. New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting a billion-dollar Cubist collection it says will "transform" it. The museum announced Tuesday, April 9, 2013 that Lauder, cosmetics executive and philanthropist has pledged his renowned collection of Cubist works. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

    Leonard Lauder in 2009. (Evan Agostini/AP),Evan Agostini

    Don’t let those guards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York shame you into a donation—the museum just got a huge boost. Philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard Lauder has promised the museum his collection of 78 cubist paintings, sculptures, and drawings—valued at more than $1 billion. The museum’s board approved the donation on Tuesday. The new collection will definitely give the nearby Museum of Modern Art a run for its money, making the Met’s collection as good as—if not better than—MoMA’s collection of cubists. “It’s an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about,” said Thomas Campbell, the Met’s director.

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