February 3, 2006
The Met says uncle
In fact, this was reported in Newsday back on January 13, though one had to read between the lines (the rather bland statement that the objects would stay at the Met until 2007 was a widely overlooked bombshell). Mea culpa, as well: I never got around to finishing my post at the time.
Further background on the original purchase here.
Posted by David on February 3, 2006 9:01 AM