12-Year-Old Boy Breaks Fall by Smashing Into Painting Worth $1.5 Million

A 12-year-old boy in Taiwan has suffered a rather unfortunate accident and already become a viral sensation. While visiting a museum, he suddenly tripped into the path of a $1.5 million painting. The damage caused was quite substantial because he pierced a hole in the painting to break his fall. Unluckily, the Paolo Porpora oil painting is 350 years old and provided to the museum on a loan basis. Additionally, the piece was part of “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition, with 50 beautifully compiled paintings by Italian Renaissance artists on display.

CCTV footage recorded the incident which is fairly difficult to watch. Organizers of the event had to close the public gallery and assess the situation. However, it was reopened a few hours later. Focus Taiwan reported that the exhibition’s curator, Andrea Rossi does not want the boy’s family to pay for restoration costs. Obviously, how could they afford it? Thankfully, the painting was insured by the organizers and will be repaired in Taiwan before going back to Italy.

Also, the museum probably should have imposed greater restrictions and improved security. As you can see from the video, the boy is carrying a drink. He could have easily dropped the beverage and stained the painting. Whatever the case, you have to feel some sympathy for him.

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Super Smash Bros Reach 1.5 Million Sales, Amiibo Sitting at 3.5 Million

For those of you who thought Nintendo stopped making profits, prepare to be amazed. Wii U’s mega hit, Super Smash Bros, is making a lot of buzz in the United States with a sales figure of 1.5 million. The rate is based on worldwide sales of the Wii U, but given that the console has around 9.2 million units sold worldwide, Nintendo’s title is able to get a decent attachment rate.

Even Amiibo has had its fair share of success, even if Nintendo gambled a bit with the figurine. It is said that Amiibo sold 3.5 million figurines throughout the United States, making the company a huge profit. This is why Nintendo is now keen on launching another wave of figurines, including the Mario and Mario Party 10 cast.

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