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Boy trips at museum and punches hole through 350-year-old painting worth $1.5 million

By Mason White 2:12 PM August 26, 2015
Boy punching hole through expensive painting 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A young boy is devastated after accidentally punching a hole through a 350-year-old painting that was on display at a museum in Taiwan.

The 12-year-old of Taipei, was drinking soda from a cup while walking in the museum when he stumbled and punched a hole through the painting, which is worth around $1.5 million.

A video of the incident, shows the moment the boy destroyed the artwork. He was looking at the Paolo Porpora oil on canvas painting of flowers, when the incident happened.

Organizers of the showing, released a photo of the painting, which shows it having fist-sized gash on the bottom. The organizers decided not to demand payment from the child’s family for the cost of restoration.

The organizers said that the child was very nervous and should not be blamed for what had happened. The painting was fully insured. The boy was not identified.