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12-year-old trips, catches fall by putting hole in 350-year-old oil painting worth $1.5 million

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In what is likely the most expensive loss of balance in history, a young boy attempted to stop himself from falling by putting his hand out and punching a hole in a painting worth more than $1 million while touring an art exhibit.

The 12-year-old fell into the 350-year-old, $1.5 million Paolo Porpora oil painting titled “Flowers” during the “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition Sunday in Taiwan, Focus Taiwan reported.

Flowers Painting
Damaged “Flowers” painting being shown to media. Photo credit Focus Taiwan.

While the curator of the exhibition, Andrea Rossi, was shocked by what happened she asked that the boy’s family not bear the cost of restoring the artwork, instead opting to have insurance pay for it.

Sun Chi-hsuan, the head of TST Art of Discovery Co. who co-organized the exhibition, said the work will be repaired in Taiwan before being shipped back to Italy.

Carmine Sabia


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