Web Catch: Boy trips, tears hole in $1.5 M painting at museum

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A 12-year-old schoolboy took an expensive fall at a museum in Taiwan.

As CNN reports, the boy tripped while admiring "Flowers," a 17th-century painting by Baroque artist Paolo Porpora, valued at $1.5 million.

He reached out to steady himself, and in doing so punched "a fist-sized tear in it," a museum worker told ABC News Australia.

Fortunately for the boy and his family, the museum says the cost of repairs will be covered by insurance.

"When I told the curator, he was so shocked that for two to three minutes he couldn't utter a single word," exhibit organizer Sun Chi-hsuan said in a statement to CNN. "But he was actually most worried that the boy and his family would put too much pressure on themselves."

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