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I'm Sorry I Tripped and Ripped Your $130 Million Picasso, Part 2

Actor Can we talk again about the the lady who lost her balance while walking in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tumbled into Picasso's “The Actor” painting and caused a six-inch tear resulting in $65 million in damage? I'm having a little trouble getting past this.

Please tell me how this can happen. Not the "lady falling down" part, as that happens every day. I'm referring to the "I will place my $130 million item in a location where an everyday occurrence might cause $65 million in damage" part. Is this unique to the art world, which is apparently willing to cross its fingers every day and hope that nobody accidentally spills a drink, jabs an umbrella or has their three-year old throw a Power Ranger at century-old masterpieces? It's one thing when you're a careless billionaire who accidentally elbows his own Picasso, but shouldn't a world-class museum have better protections in place?

Can anyone provide examples of other priceless or insanely expensive items that are left exposed in this way?

Posted by Bruce Carton on January 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)


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