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US galleries lead 'costly' list
The New York Guggenheim is the most expensive, the survey suggests
Five of the 10 costliest art galleries in the world are in the US, according to a new survey.

A poll in The Art Newspaper suggests the Guggenheim in New York and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts are the most costly, at $15 (8.89) a ticket.

In third place is London's Saatchi Gallery, recently opened on the South bank, which costs 8.50.

Other US galleries in the top ten include the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Museum of Modern Art (Moma) also makes it onto the list.

The Art Newspaper list looked at 50 art galleries throughout the US, Europe and Japan.

Most expensive art galleries
1 Guggenheim, New York
1= Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
3 Saatchi Gallery, London
4 Mori Museum, Tokyo
5 Foundation Bayler, Berne
6 Frick Collection, New York
7 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
8 Museum of Modern Art, New York
9 Vatican Museums, Rome
10 Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna
Source: The Art Newspaper

The ticket fee for the Saatchi Gallery makes it more expensive to visit than some of the world's best-known art galleries, including the Vatican Museums in Rome (6.94) and the Hermitage in St Petersburg (6.25).

The gallery, which opened at County Hall in April, has already attracted more than 300,000 people. The gallery declined to comment on the survey's findings.

The editor of art magazine Jackdaw told the Independent that he did not believe the gallery was good value for money.

"I would say there was an inverse relationship between the price you pay to get into The Saatchi Gallery and the artistic significance of what you see," said David Lee.

"You can't compare it to a truly great museum like the New York Met and yet you have to pay more.

"If you really want a price comparison with the Saatchi then you should look at how much it costs for a seat at the circus. They are the same thing, a variety of stunts interspersed with a few bits of good work," he told The Independent.

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