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Boy accidentally punches hole in $1.5 million painting in Taiwan

A 12-year-old boy left a fist-sized hole in a 350-year-old piece of art on exhibit in Taiwan. The boy tripped over a rope barrier at an art exhibit and accidentally punched a hole in a $1.5 million painting. Footage by the organizers of Taipei’s “The Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” exhibition showed the boy, who is holding a drink, trip and catch his balance by pushing against a 17th-century oil on canvas painting

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reports that security camera footage appears to show a young man falling into and punching a hole through a painting said to be worth $1.5 million. Flowers, a 17th century oil painting and one of the few signed works by Italian master Paolo Porpora, was on display at “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, according to CNA.

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