The 2016 Met Gala Ball lost $3 million even before the celebrities began their annual procession of pomp and splendor on Monday night.
According to Showbiz411.com's Roger Friedman, the Met Ball -- which he described as an "assemblage of high (Oscar winners) and very low culture (Kardashians)" -- lost millions catering to Anna Wintour's hand picked celebrity friends.
Showbiz411 -- I just looked back at the last three tax filings for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it’s pretty interesting.
The Ball brings in a steady amount of donations to the Museum every year– around $11 million. After the museum contribution is deducted from the tickets, the Ball made $119,500 in 2013 (that’s the last public record– there’s nothing posted so far for last year or the year before).
But wait just a minute: the Met Ball in 2013 had direct expenses of $3.2 million. That’s the actual cost of putting this extravaganza on. (Unknown is what costs are hidden. In the clip below, one of Wintour’s aides talks about “how expensive” it is to host Rihanna, for example.)