NEW YORK — A New York businessman has acquired a rare 9-foot-tall scale-model replica of the Statue of Liberty.
The little Liberty was unveiled Wednesday in Manhattan about 6 1/2 miles from its big sister in New York Harbor. That one's 151 feet tall.
The Statue of Liberty's French creator, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, started his work with a plaster sculpture. New technology made it possible to cast the model in bronze without damaging the original. The owner says it's the only model in the United States. Only 12 bronzes are being made.
Model owner Leonard Stern is chairman of The Hartz Group, which includes publishing and real estate. He says he spent more than $1 million on the sculpture and seeing it every day will make him "feel enriched."
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