Art: Rummage Sale

Like busy housewives, most big museum directors are plagued with a recurrent question: what to do with the things-you-don't-want that are now stacked up in the attic. Last week Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum took the broom by the handle and put the surplus art up for auction. With a bang of his gavel. Auctioneer Anthony Bade started off the Met's five-day jumbo sale at Manhattan's Parke-Bernet Galleries, began unfolding a bargain hunter's Arabian Nights' dream come true. On the block were some 2,000 art objects ranging all the way from a complete New England...