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When Lord Duveen put up the money for a new wing of the British Museum in the 1930s, he forced the restorers to clean the surfaces of the Elgin Marbles with copper chisels, abrasives, and iron brushes. They knew perfectly well that this was wrong, but as the ostentatious patron of the arts he was, Duveen insisted that his showcase look "classically" pristine.
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