Who gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.S.?
The Statue of Liberty was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June 1885 onboard the French frigate "Isere." Since French imports are so expensive (as anyone who's ever ordered a pair of Louboutins knows), benefit theatrical events, art exhibitions, auctions and prize fights assisted in providing the funds to get Lady Liberty across the Atlantic and up on her perch at Liberty Island. Poet Emma Lazarus wrote her famous sonnet “The New Colossus” in 1883 for the art and literary auction to raise funds on the U.S. side along with architect Richard Morris Hunt, who designed the granite pedestal and donated his funds for doing so to the completion. A hundred years later, Liberty underwent a $87 million facelift to celebrate her centennial. And she is just as good looking as ever! Source: The Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation