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Edited by on May 9 2011 at 6:34 AM

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty set an attendance record for the opening day of any Costume Institute exhibit.

McQueen at the Met Sets Attendance Record

With 5,100 visitors on May 4th, Savage Beauty is the second biggest opening day in the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s history. But what’s number one? That earless showboat, Vincent Van Gogh, whose Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings drew in 5,400 people in 2005.

Nevertheless, the McQueen exhibit proved so popular the Met had to suspend its guided tours. The museum also sold 600 catalogs and at $45 a pop, Vincent Can Gogh suck on that. [NYT]

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