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NY GOP Chief Topples $70K Antique Vase at St. Patrick's Cathedral

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 01:56 PM

New York Republican state Chairman Ed Cox, who is the son-in-law of the late President Nixon, brought an event to preserve the art of St. Patrick's Cathedral to a crashing stop Thursday when he accidentally toppled a valuable antique vase and smashed it to bits.

The breakfast event, held with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, attracted New York luminaries, including Home Depot billionaire Ken Langone, to the art-filled corporate offices of Bank of America, where CEO Brian Moynihan had brought together the city's business leaders, reports The New York Post's Page Six.

And as the discussions to restore the cathedral's treasure troves of priceless art and artifacts, was going on, "the peace was shattered when Ed Cox accidentally knocked over a 4-foot-tall antique vase in the center of the room," a witness at the event told Page Six. "It fell to the floor and shattered with a terrible, piercing, sound which stopped the entire room."

The source, whose name was not mentioned, said that Cox "tried to edge away from the wreckage while the event staff looked mortified. One exclaimed, 'Oh my God, that was a $70,000 vase!'"

A Bank of America spokesperson confirmed the breakfast and restoration project, which will include a $1 million commitment from the bank to go toward preserving St. Patrick's famous rose stained-glass window.

And about the vase? The representative joked that "with regards to the vase, the breakfast was a smashing success."

A Cox spokesman confirmed that the vase was broken, and as "the vase was placed on very small table, after it broke, Bank of America officials apologized to Mr. Cox."

Further the bank admitted that other items that had been put on the small table had been knocked off and broken in the past.

"No one is ever happy when a vase falls and breaks, especially a nice vase," said Cox's aide. "But they did not ask him to pay for the item. They acknowledged the placement of the vase was ill-advised."

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New York Republican state Chairman Ed Cox, who is the son-in-law of the late President Nixon, brought an event to preserve the art of St. Patrick's Cathedral to a crashing stop Thursday when he accidentally toppled a valuable antique vase and smashed it to bits.
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