Did Your Last Field Trip Permanently Destroy Any Million Dollar Paintings?


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Courtesy  CNA/YouTube

Courtesy CNA/YouTube

Go the museum they said. It’ll be fun they said.

Those are likely the musings of a 12-year-old Taiwanese boy whose recent field trip to an exhibit in Taipei resulted in punching a whole in a 350-year-old, million dollar painting.


The boy, as scene in the video, likely experiencing enough difficulty going through puberty, trips over his own feet and to steady himself used a 17th-century Paolo Porpora oil on canvas painting called, “Flowers” to steady his fall. The painting is (or was) listed at a value of $1.5m. According to the exhibition organizers, the boy’s family will not be required to pay for the damages as the painting, part of a private collection, was insured.

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