Republican Politician Ed Cox Smashes $70,000 Artwork at Benefit

Ed Cox Photo: Joe Tabacca

It’s every partygoer’s worst nightmare.

Page Six reports that at a swanky breakfast hosted by Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan at the bank’s corporate headquarters, Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee and Richard Nixon son-in-law Ed Cox accidentally knocked over an antique vase valued at $70,000, smashing the work to pieces.

According to the report, “[the vase] fell to the floor and shattered with a terrible, piercing sound which stopped the entire room,” a source revealed. “Ed nervously tried to edge away from the wreckage while the event staff looked mortified. One exclaimed, ‘Oh my God, that was a $70,000 vase!’”

The breakfast was held to raise support for restoration of artworks at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the guest list included Home Depot billionaire Ken Langone and Blackstone’s John Studzinski, as well as Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Bank of America’s art collection is considered to be among the top corporate collections in America, though little is known about the specific artists or works represented.

According to his representative, Cox was not asked to pay for the vase, and it was apparently acknowledged that its placement was questionable.

A rep for Bank of America jokingly remarked, “With regards to the vase, the breakfast was a smashing success.”

If Cox is feeling guilty, perhaps he should take solace knowing this kind of thing happens all the time—just ask the student who smashed an Ai Weiwei crab at Sotheby’s a few weeks ago.


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