Security Guard “Fixes” a Million Dollar Painting
Have you ever seen a priceless work of art and thought, “I could do better?” Have you ever walked through a museum and said, “I need to fix that painting?” My four-year-old son thinks that our walls and furniture are works of art for him to fix. I would not expect it from a grown adult though.
At Russia’s Yeltsin Center, a security guard was on his first day at work. He went over to Anna Leporskaya's 'Three Figures,’ a work of art worth almost a million dollars, and he added eyes to two of the eyeless faces. It was not discovered until “Two visitors enjoying an art exhibition called 'The World as Non-Objectivity. The Birth of a New Art' at the Yeltsin Center spotted the extra details to two of the three figures on the 1930s painting on December 7 last year.”
According to the Daily Mail, the security guard did it because he got bored, and he did it with a ball point pen. Fortunately, art experts believe that it can be completely restored for about 3500 dollars, which it is reported the security guard is willing to pay for. But unfortunately for the security guard, he is in Russia. They have opened an investigation into the event for “vandalism,” and in Russia it could come with a fine and a “one-year correctional labor sentence.”
Like I said before, I have seen works of art that I felt needed something more, but I would have never actually tried to fix them. I find it interesting that the person who was hired to secure the painting is the one who messed it up.
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