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If, like artist Rani Young, you arrived at the opera house in the midafternoon for this once-in-a-decade-or-so event that was scheduled to close at 6 PM, you found a gleaming set of locked doors and a sign explaining that the 3,500 piece inventory had completely sold out. Nary a cape nor a codpiece left!
The folks who beat you out arrived as early as 6 AM for the sale's 9 AM opening, and fell into a line that snaked down the street and, by opening time, across the Washington Street Bridge and down Canal.
By 2:15 PM, everything was gone—and Lyric had taken in $140,000.