WATCH: Taiwanese boy falls into $1.5m painting

By Ella Wong, August 26, 2015

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Possibly the only thing worse than being dragged to an art exhibition when you’re 12 years old is what happened to this hapless Taiwanese boy, who tripped and fell in a Taipei museum, inadvertently puncturing a painting by Paolo Porpora valued at $1.5 million. The boy might have avoided putting his fist through the canvas had he not been holding a soft drink can in his hand – no reports on whether the whole thing was an elaborate marketing stunt by Dr. Pepper.

The hole left in a Paolo Porpora painting by a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy

The curators of the exhibition, titled ‘The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius,’ said they won’t charge for the blunder as the 17th-century oil on canvas work is insured. They will attempt to restore the painting in Taiwan before it’s shipped back to Italy.

Restoring a painting puntured by a 12-year-old boy in Taiwan

Watch the unfortunate incident below (VPN required):

 

[Images via The Guardian]

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