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LACMA's 'American Idol' Of The Art World

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The comic-looking tiger painted in ink on a 17th century Japanese folding screen by Kano Sansetsu slyly or shyly dares to drink from a river poised to crash over his head.

The creature knows something about suspense. So do the art collectors who voted this weekend to spend $280,000 to buy this tiger for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

They were participating in a rather dramatic annual event known as Collectors Committee Weekend, a popularity contest that LACMA director Michael Govan once called "the 'American Idol' of the museum world."

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