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25th Aug 2015

VIDEO: Boy trips in a museum and punches a hole in a $1.3 million dollar painting

A costly mistake


It’s your worst nightmare.

A young boy was visiting the TST Art of Discovery museum in Taiwan recently where he fell and accidentally punched a hole through a $1.3 million painting that was on display.

The boy was just walking past the painting on his way to view the next attraction when his leg hit of the platform surrounding the painting, throwing him off balance and hurtling him forwards the 350 year old painting created by Paolo Porpora.

As he fell, he put his hand out to steady himself and in doing so, so he punched a glaring hole in the piece of art.


Thankfully the museum do not have a ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy and they’re being very sound by not even asking the young fella and his family to pay for the restoration costs.

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What they did do is release the CCTV footage to the media though so everyone can have a giggle.

On the exhibition’s official Facebook page the organisation wrote “All 55 paintings in the venue are authentic pieces and they are very rare and precious. Once these works are damaged, they are permanently damaged…we hope that everyone can protect these precious artworks with us.”

Hat-tip to The Guardian, images via TST Art of Discovery Co and clip via Popularstories

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