Why were the museum workers moving the statue of the angel to the Great Hall in "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"?
The museum workers are moving the statue of the angel to the Great Hall because they expect a huge crowd to come to view it the next day, and it is "easier to move the people in and out of the Great Hall". The statue has already drawn an unprecedented number of people to view it. The next day is Sunday, a typically busy day to begin with, and since the newspapers will be running a story about the statue in the morning, heavier-than-usual attendance is anticipated (Chapter 5).
The statue had originally been housed in the Hall of the Italian Renaissance on the museum's second floor. To the surprise of officals at the museum, "100,000 people climbed the great stairway to catch a glimpse of...(the) twenty four inch statue called 'Angel'. Interest in the marble piece (arose) from...unusual circumstances attending its acquisition by the museum and from the belief that it may be the work of the Italian Renaissance master, Michelangelo".
If the statue is authentic, it would be "the greatest bargain in art history". The museum acquired the piece at an auction for only $225 from the collection of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler".