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Rembrandt exhibit draws 150,000 to NC art museum

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Museum of Art says its three-month exhibit of Rembrandt paintings collected by Americans pulled a big crowd.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the show of works by the Dutch master and others once attributed to him drew more than 150,000 people to the Raleigh museum at $18 per adult ticket.

The museum says that ranks an all-time third behind shows highlighting French painter Claude Monet and sculptor Auguste Rodin with his "Thinker." The Rembrandt exhibition of nearly 50 paintings beat earlier shows of works by Picasso and Norman Rockwell.

The exhibit gathered more than $1 billion worth of artwork loaned by private collections and other museums. It now moves to museums in Cleveland and Minneapolis.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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