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June 13, 2017

What Happens if You Accidentally Damage or Destroy a Priceless Work of Art in a Museum?

Consider the case of Nick Flynn, a man who in 2006 tripped over his shoelace while walking around the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and knocked over three 17th century vases worth about £175,000 (~$225,000).

Flynn noted of the experience,
I snagged my shoelace, missed the step and crash, bang, wallop. There were a million pieces of high quality Qing ceramics lying around underneath me… Although [I knew] the vase would break I didn’t imagine it would be loose and crash into the other two. I’m sure I only hit the first one and that must have flown across the windowsill and hit the next one, which then hit the other, like a set of dominos. I can say with my hand on my heart that it was not deliberate … it was just my Norman Wisdom moment, just one of those unbelievably unlucky things that can sometimes happen.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 13, 2017 7:14 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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If Nick is lucky enough to be as tapped out as I am, they'll have a helluva time squeezing much blood out of him.

Posted by: billH at June 13, 2017 7:31 AM

"$130,000,000 Picasso painting called The Actor"

When I see stuff like this I spontaneous burst out in laughter.

So now that everyone knows that people that damage things in museums are not held accountable will the rate of accidental vandalism increase?

Posted by: ghostsniper at June 13, 2017 8:54 AM

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