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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Organizers of this year’s Art Basel on Miami Beach said attendance was up this year.

Approximately 75,000 people attended the prestigious contemporary art fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center, that’s a seven percent increase over last year’s attendance.

That number doesn’t include the thousands of art enthusiasts and tourists who descended on South Florida last week for free public art displays, independent art fairs, museum and gallery exhibits and other satellite events.

Art Basel in Miami Beach closed Sunday. The fair at the convention center featured paintings, sculptures, photographs and films from 258 art galleries in 31 countries.

The fair is the U.S. extension of the contemporary art fair held each June in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel also added a Hong Kong fair earlier this year.

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