The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York was able to buy a million dollar 1787 Old Master drawing for $840 at Swann Galleries in an Old Master Auction of 319 Lots, grossing slightly more than $500,000.
Paradoxically, Swann Galleries recognized the drawing's similarilty to the Jacques-Louis David painting titled Death of Socrates, purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1931, but failed to recognize this rare Work was one of several unique compositional drawings by a Jacques-Louis David.
For some reason, Swann Galleries overlooked careful comparison of the many differences of Lot 228 versus the 1787 Jacques-Louis David painting in the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art but alert Curators at The Metropolitan Museum of Art were able to capitalize on Swann Galleries giant mistake.
Robin Good: The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a unique free feature to its registered users, allowing them to capture and collect their favorite artworks from the online MET exhibitions and save them into dedicated collections which can be shared with anyone online.
How to use MyMet:
1. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner of every page on the MET site and either sign in or register.
2. Browse the collections and add your favorite works of art by clicking the "Add to MyMet" button on each individual object page.
3. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner to view recently saved items; select "View all your items & recommendations here" to return to your "MyMet" page.
4. Organize your selected items into different "sets", and add tags to any one of them,
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