A fine use for Larry's fine art

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Golden samurai from the Edo era

A loyal reader contacted us with a great suggestion to solve all the fundraising problems of the America's Cup.

This summer, it turns out, will be about more than racing for the city's mega-billionaire yacht-race king. The Asian Art Museum's latest program guide notes that from June 28-Sept. 22, the museum will host "In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection."

The museum will present "works from the rarely seen collection of Larry Ellison, owner of cup defender Team Oracle USA. The exhibition introduces about 80 artworks spanning 1,300 years. Included are works of the Momoyama (1573-1615) and Edo (1615-1868) periods." According to the Metropolitican Museum of Art, "this period was characterized by a robust, opulent, and dynamic style, with gold lavishly applied to architecture, furnishings, paintings, and garments."

Oh, and it's worth noting that the Momoyama and Edo periods were also marked by the dominance of brutal warlords who claimed much of the nation's wealth while most subjects lived in dire poverty.

At any rate, I'm sure the stuff is nice. Beautiful, even. And pricey. Bet a philanthropist of Ellison's stature could auction off just a couple of those 80 pieces and raise enough to pay off the entire AC budget deficit. Eh, Larry?