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Record crowds flock to Dutch Masters in New York

Published on Jan 18, 2014 7:45 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A record-breaking number of people have flocked to a Dutch Old Masters exhibition in New York, fueled by a best-selling novel featuring one of the paintings on display.

The Frick Collection originally billed Girl With A Pearl Earring, the much-loved masterpiece that inspired a Hollywood film in 2003, as the prime attraction of its October-January show.

But as sales have accelerated for United States novelist Donna Tartt's long-awaited third novel The Goldfinch the number of visitors has gone through the roof, the Frick told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday.

"This is by far the most visited exhibition that the Frick has hosted," exhibition curator Margaret Iacono told AFP.

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