Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi is a bronze sculpture located at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City. It is incredible to think that in 1927 this great sculpture wasn’t considered art but only manufactured metal. A trial was held when Steichen imported the sculpture to the United States from France and at the time the law did not require customs duty on original works of art. The sculpture was admitted (incredibly) under the category of “kitchen utensil and hospital supplies” and  not as a piece of art.  A $600 imported duty had to be paid. Eventually the Bird was declared a work of art and Steichen got his money back.