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WATCH: Boy takes a tumble in museum and punches hole in painting worth $1.5m

Published 25/08/2015 | 12:06

This video highlights what can happen when you don't pay attention at museums.

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A 12-year-old boy was walking casually through a museum in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei enjoying the paintings on show.

A tour guide had just pointed out to the crowd a painting by Paolo Porpora, an impression of flowers, which is valued at $1.5m.

The crowd move on but the boy, who has not been identified, trips over the display and puts out his hand to catch himself, ploughing his hand through the painting in the process. 

He stands up. looks at the painting, and slowly realises what he has done. People walk over to look at the catastrophe and the boy wanders off.

According to Focus Taiwan News, the organisers of the exhibition don’t want the boy to blame himself for the incident, and will not be seeking payment from his family for the restoration.

It said the organiser of the exhibition, Sun Chi-hsuan, said the boy was very nervous but was not to be blamed, and that the painting, part of a private collection, was insured.

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