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Image: NY Businessman Gets $1 million Statue of Liberty Replica
French Ambassador Francois Delattre, left, real estate developer Leonard Stern and New York Commissioner to the United Nations Marjorie B. Tiven unveil an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday in New York. Stern acquired the only replica in the U.S. and will permanently display it in the public plaza of 667 Madison Ave., a commercial high rise he owns. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NY Businessman Gets $1 million Statue of Liberty Replica

Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 09:17 PM

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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