Taiwanese boy accidentally punches hole through 350-year-old painting

On 23 August 2015 a 12-year-old boy had a nightmare visit to the exhibition “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” in Taipei, Taiwan, when he tripped and punched a hole in a 17th century painting. The oil painting by the Italian artist Paolo Porpora was entitled Flowers and was valued at $1.5 million. In footage which was released by the museum, the boy is seen holding a drink in his right hand as he wanders around the exhibition. Not seeing a protection rope, he trips and attempts to use the wall to regain his balance, only to come to the horrifying realisation that he has in fact used one of the exhibits. Sun Chi-hsuan, the curator of the exhibition, confirmed that the boy’s family would not have to pay for the damages, stating that the painting was insured. “The painting’s bottom right is damaged. The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist,” Sun commented. This is not the first time artworks have been accidentally damaged by the public. In 2006 a man knocked over three 18th century Chinese Vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and in 2006 the casino magnate Steve Wynn elbowed his way through a Picasso, which he still managed to sell for $155 million at auction in...

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A collection of rare travel posters on sale at Swann Galleries

New York, 22 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). Swann Galleries is putting on sale a collection of travel posters on 8 November 2012.  They are indeed posters promoting cities, stations and airports of the old days of America. This collection includes illustrations of New York Grand Central Station, of Pennsylvanian railroads by renowed artists such as Sacha Maurer, Leslie Ragan and Edward Eggleston, as well as posters promoting airline companies and liners. Some works by the master of decorative arts A. M. Cassandre will be presented during the sale. The star pieces of the auction include several posters of Chicago, along with a model for the Golf by the North Shore Line by Willard Frederic Elmes (1923) ; three posters by John Held Jr for New England on occasion of the eclipse of 31 August 1932 and a model by Sam Hyde Harris for the Pacific Southeast railraods: Only Southern Pacific Trains Show You the Coast Line...

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