In a town where everything has its price, it didn't seem all that unusual: Pay $50 for an elite, less-crowded view of the world's most expensive painting on Museum Mile. It was still cheaper than getting a $275 annual membership to the Neue Galerie, which would also let you ogle the pricey gold-splattered Klimt (right) on a lazy Wednesday afternoon. But the backlash was enough to make the Fifth Avenue mansion-turned-museum scrap the plan, perhaps fearing accusations of exploitation and also preventing Midwestern tourists from going home with "tall tales" of $11 movie tickets and $50 museum stubs.
· Neue Galerie Scraps a $50 Offer to See Its New Klimts [NYT]
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