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The First Messerschmidt for the Metropolitan

On January 2010 the Met made its acquisition of a bust by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt representing a "Hypocrite and Slanderer". The sculpture is one of 69 character heads thought to have been created before Messerschmidt’s death in 1783.
Works by Messerschmidt rarely come to the market, and when they do, there are many competitors. 5 years ago, at Sotheby’s in NY, the Louvre beat out the Getty and the Met, spending $4.8 million for the bust of a grimacing figured called “Ill-Humored Man.”

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