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Taiwanese Boy Trips and Puts Hole in $1.5 Million Painting

A Taiwanese boy breaks his fall and puts hand through a $1.5 million painting. (Screenshot/YouTube)
A Taiwanese boy breaks his fall and puts hand through a $1.5 million painting. (Screenshot/YouTube)

In something you would see in a slap-stick comedy or a Mr Bean movie, a Taiwanese boy tripped and broke his fall by putting his hand through a 350-year-old painting worth $1.5 million. The 17th-century painting was Flowers by Paolo Porpora, and is the only painting signed by the Italian master.

In the CCTV footage, you see the young boy slowly walking past with a drink in one hand, and then he suddenly loses his footing, forcing him to put his hands in the only place he can hold onto, the painting.

Watch and cringe when the boy falls into the painting:

According to Sun Chi-hsuan (孫紀璿), the head of exhibition co-organizer TST Art of Discovery Co. (京銓藝術), the 200-centimeter-tall painting is around 350 years old and valued at over NT$50 million (US$1.5 million), writes Focus Taiwan.

Luckily for the boy’s parents, they don’t have to pay for the damages as the painting is insured (phew); however, the organizers fear they will not be able to repair the damage.

Organizers fear the damage to the painting may be permanent. (Screenshot/YouTube.)

Organizers fear the damage to the painting may be permanent. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The painting was part of the Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition in Taipei, which consists of 55 paintings gathered from the finest art collectors in the world. Can’t really blame the young boy for this; with such an expensive painting, I would have thought the barrier would would have been much further away from reach.

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