Top 10 Priceless Artworks That Were Unintentionally Destroyed

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Artworks can get lost or destroyed for several reasons. Disasters – both natural and man-made, war, repression or accidental destruction at the hands of artists themselves and in some cases aspiring artists. Whatever the reason, a lost artwork is an enormous loss to our world.

On a separate note,  we all know what not to do when restoring a great works of art, especially when an 81 year old woman failed to restore a classic painting of Jesus. She’s not the only one to screw up. It turns out that even professional painters can screw up horribly when it comes to art restoration; as this article will highlight

So without further ado, this article will now focus its attention on how priceless artworks were unintentionally destroyed with one or two wrong move.


1. Jesus Gets a Makeover

Jesus Gets a Makeover

Three separate photographs of “Ecce Homo” by painter Elias Garcia Martinez were extensively damage  by a confused elderly woman who decided the masterpiece needed a little refurbishment.

But in a time of austerity, rather than calling in a professional to complete the job, the unnamed woman attempted to restore the mural herself – at a horrific cost.

The result was a botched repair where the intricate brush strokes of Martinez were replaced with a dirty splattering of the octogenarian’s paint. Years of carefully calculated depth of expression were simply washed out by copious amounts of red and brown colors.


2. Picasso Gets The Elbow

Picasso Gets the Elbow

Le Rêve by Picasso was owned by 491st richest man in the world, Steve Wynn. In 1997 he decided to sell it and the sale was agreed at $139m. Unfortunately, whilst showing off the masterpiece to friends, Wynn accidentally put his elbow through the canvas. After a $90,000 repair job, the painting was valued at $85m.


3. Minging Qing Vases

Minging Qing Vases

Mothers always remind you when your shoelaces are undone. And with good reason, because, like Nick Flynn, you may trip at the top of museum stairs and land head first into some 300 year old Qing Dynasty vases. They weren’t even insured.


4. Poor Picasso Again

Poor Picasso Again

What is it with Picasso pieces getting ruined?! An unsteady student in New York stumbled into The Actor, tore a 6 inch gash in the canvas and slashed the price by $65 million. That’s about $10million per inch of rip.


5.Tracey Emin is Barbed

Tracey Emin is Barbed

A Tracey Emin work entitled Self Portrait: Bath had a neon light with barbed wire over it. A visitor managed to get tangled up in the wire and caused $2,000 worth of damage.


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