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McQueen Show Beats Jeff Koons’s Record at the Met, Right at the Buzzer

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Around 10 p.m. during its into-the-wee-hours finale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday night, the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition welcomed its 658,000th visitor, putting it past the 657,801 attendance notched by Jeff Koons’s 2008 sculpture show on the museum’s roof, according to Met spokesperson Harold Holzer.

That makes it the eight most popular show at the museum by crowd numbers, behind last year’s “Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art,” which got 703,256 visitors. (The champ remains the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” show from 1978-9 that drew 1.36 million people.) If calculated on a visitor-per-week basis, however, “Savage Beauty,” which was only open for just over three months, may now be the best-attended exhibition in the Met’s entire 141-year history. And since the museum plans to keep letting people in who are on line, that attendance figure is just going to go up as the night continues.

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