"On Monday, the Smithsonian asked the public to help save the slippers, launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000. In addition to keeping the shoes’ color from deteriorating further, the money will go toward a technologically advanced display case that will preserve them. Like most movie props, they weren’t built to last.
The Smithsonian’s museums are federally funded, but it frequently solicits private and corporate contributions for major projects that its budget doesn’t cover....
And there is always Rubenstein (the new Rockefeller?).
NDU: Smithsonian surpasses $1.5 billion fundraising goal, elects David Rubenstein as chairman