Most Expensive Works of Art Destroyed By Tourists

Most Expensive Works of Art Destroyed By Tourists


Imagine it was your job to protect objects
of great value that are considered national treasures. Day after day you witness hordes of tourists
getting off the bus and rushing towards the place where you work. Some of those guys are half-baked from afternoon
drinking, and time after time you have to tell people, “Don’t touch”, “That’s
not a toy”, “Get down from there”, “For God’s sake be careful.” Half the time they don’t understand you
because they don’t speak your language. Thankfully, no one on your watch has ever
destroyed anything, but you are well aware that tourists have been walking disasters
in other countries. We’ll look at some of those things to today,
starting the least expensive things damaged and then moving onto the most expensive things. To start, Italy has had lots of problems of
late with tourists doing very silly things, but we think the idiots abroad award goes
to a couple from California. In 2015 it was reported they’d visited Rome’s
Coliseum, but they weren’t happy just looking at things. The couple decided to carve their initials
into a wall of the coliseum and then pose with those initials for a selfie. Ok, so we can’t put a price on this one,
but we can say the act cost the reputation of Americans quite a lot. What’s more, when the two women were asked
if they didn’t think that carving an initial into something over 2000 years old was bad,
they said they didn’t think it was such a big deal. It was, and they were both charged with “aggravated
damage to a building of historical and artistic interest.” For the rest of you out there, when you one
day finally go visit that ancient place, you might also get to see a “J” and an “N”. Possibly the oldest artifact damaged by a
tourist was something inside Luxor Temple that dates back 3,500 years. A 15-year old Chinese kid had seen the ancient
image of a man holding a spear and he decided that he too wanted to go down in history. He scribbled on the image in large letters,
“Ding Jinhao was here.” That’s the English translation. Another Chinese tourist saw this, but was
too late to stop the kid. He later wrote on a Chinese social network,
“The saddest moment in Egypt. I’m so embarrassed that I want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide, ‘I’m really
sorry.” The parents of the boy issued a statement,
saying, “We want to apologize to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention
to this case across China.” The kid was a national disgrace, and he became
one person in a long line of Chinese people accused of behaving badly when abroad. It seems the damage could be undone, so again,
it was not that costly. This next one was reported by Newsweek in
2019, and while we can’t really put a price on the damage, we can say the act was pretty
much as dumb as you can get. It involved a photo that turned up on Instagram
which showed a couple standing in front of a sandstorm formation in Illinois. The formation is over 400 million years old,
and it was reported that the place was an important meeting site for native Americans
for around 8,000 years. In the photo a couple have scribbled their
initials on the formation, which is next to a love heart. We expect that this vandalism could be cleaned
up for a minimal cost. NBC news wrote this about the next one in
2013, “An American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the
finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence.” The news reports that a 55-year old American
man had seen a statue of the Virgin Mary. This was made by a 15th-century sculptor named
Giovanni d’Ambrogio and it is considered a priceless work of art. The man, from Missouri, had wanted to high
five Mary. The cost of fixing the finger was not published,
but since it was just a finger we doubt the cost was high. Let’s just say it was likely a cheap fix. Before any Italians out there start criticizing
Americans, we will tell you that in 2014 an Italian was visiting a museum in Milan and
he took a selfie with a sculpture known as the, “Drunken Satyr.” The sculpture ended up losing a limb. The good news is that this was only a copy
of a well-known ancient Greek sculpture, but the bad news is that it was an expensive and
remarkable copy that dates back to the 19th century. Christies estimated the value of an object
like this one to be just 7-$10,000. Looking at the damage, we would think it could
have been fixed, although it would have taken some time and expertise. Next we have one way to get rid of a King. In 2016 a man was in Lisbon, Portugal, and
he thought it would be a good idea to climb onto a pedestal to get a photo with the statue
of the former king Dom Sebastiao. He did just that, and the king came crashing
down. It was smashed to pieces. The guy tried to escape but he was apprehended. The media didn’t state what fixing the statue
would cost, but seeing a it was smashed to pieces we can say it will never be the same
again. This next one is another act of senseless
violence and this time committed by a man touring his own country. It happened in a cave in southwest China in
2017 and the act was caught on video. A young guy can be seen taking three kicks
at a stalagmite. On the third kick the thing snaps. He then just walks away, so he wasn’t even
trying to steal it. There might not be a price you can put on
this, but it appalled some people in China. They said these things can take many, many
thousands of years to get to that point, maybe even hundreds of thousands. Then some guy just decides to take his anger
out on one. Some of the Chinese public said he needed
to be arrested and banned from ever entering a national attraction again. From what we can see he was never arrested. In this case the stalagmite was appraised
so that the man could be charged and made to pay some compensation, but the media doesn’t
state what value they put on the object. Then there’s the case of a British man who
was visiting a museum in 2006 and had a bit of a comedy moment, as well as an expensive
one. The Guardian explained that his shoelace was
undone and that tripped him up, but there was nothing for him to grab a hold of. He was actually coming down some stairs. It seems then he just went flying, and he
ended up hitting three Chinese Qing dynasty vases worth around $120,000. He explained to The Guardian, “Although
I knew the vase would break I didn’t imagine it would be loose and crash into the other
two. I’m sure I only hit the first one and that
must have flown across the windowsill and hit the next one, which then hit the other,
like a set of dominos.” He actually got banned from the museum, which
seems a bit harsh considering a rogue shoelace was to blame. The guy admitted that what had taken place
could have been right out of some old British slapstick comedy movie. Not to be outdone by the Brits, this is the
story of an Australian man named Laszlo Toth who was likely suffering from a mental illness
when in 1972 he went to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and attacked Michelangelo’s
Pietà statue with a hammer. He hit the thing 15 times while shouting,
“I am Jesus Christ — risen from the dead.” The man was 33 at the time, which is the age
that Jesus is thought to have died. He wasn’t charged with a crime and instead
spent a bit of time talking about resurrection to Italian psychiatrists. One guy wrote that he knew Laszlo and he said
besides the fact he read his bible more than most people read bibles, he seemed totally
fine. The guy wrote, “At the time we were room-mates,
he didn’t strike me as a Jesus Christ impersonator, and he never talked to me of such things. We spent much of our days drinking coffee,
going to parties at night and drinking beer and wine, and Lazlo often played his guitar.” Others wrote that once he returned to Australia
he led a very quiet life. The good news about this act of vandalism
is that when restorers were trying to put the statue back together they discovered a
secret signature written by Michelangelo. We don’t know the cost of fixing the damage,
but it took a lot of people with a lot of skill, a lot of time. The New York Times wrote that the statue was
insured in 1964 for $10 million, which in today’s money is about $81 million. The New York Times wrote in 2017 that perhaps
one woman could claim a place in the selfie hall of infamy after destroying part of an
art installation in Los Angeles. We’ve seen the video online, and this woman
is trying to take a selfie at the side of lots of columns. On each column lies a crown, which is part
of the artwork. She leans back against one column which is
first in a long row of columns. You can guess what happens next. She knocks over that column, but then the
rest of them all fall like dominoes. The British artist was contacted by the Times
and he said it was not staged like some people had said it was. It looks so funny a person might think it
was staged. He said, “Crowns are fragile things. They are symbols of power. Perhaps it’s ironic and meaningful that
they fell.” It’s thought that the woman caused about
$200,000 worth of damage. Then we found this headline from 2015, “Selfie-Taker
Smashes Priceless Historic Italian Statue of Hercules.” Yep, priceless, and destroyed by someone who
was looking for likes on social media. We should note that when people say priceless,
they mean a value shouldn’t be out on the object because it meant so much. You can look at a value put on some similar
objects by the auctioning house, Chtisties, and they might sell for as much as $250,000. We don’t know where the tourist came from,
but we read that the statue was considered one of the jewels of an Italian city called
Cremona. The tourist climbed on top of it and it fell. The entire thing smashed to pieces. That statue had been around since 1700, but
it was no match for a selfie taker. The BBC reported in 2014 that tourists had
tied so many locks to the Pont des Arts in Paris, that part of the bridge had collapsed. If you didn’t know, tourists might do that
in the name of romance. But over a million locks weighs a lot, and
part of the bridge just came down. So this one was a combined effort by people
from all over the world. We are not sure how much it cost to fix the
broken part of the bridge, but we imagine it wasn’t cheap. It cost over $600,000 to add some new additions
to the bridge, so you we might estimate the damage overall to be above one million. Next is the story of another person that tripped
and caused a lot of damage. It involved a boy who’d gone to visit an
exhibition of Italian masterpieces in Taiwan. The 12-year old kid, who was a little on the
heavy side, was not looking where he was going. He was walking along and it seems he was listening
to the group leader, only he didn’t notice a table. When he hit that table he fell forward, and
then he stuck out one hand. The funny thing is, if you watch the video
he kind of gets up and looks around to see if anyone has seen what he’s done. That hand went into a painting. It was called Flowers and was painted by an
Italian master called Paolo Porpora. According to reports, this one was very special
‘cos it was the only one he signed. It was worth over $1.5 million. The painting was insured, but the museum said
the damage was so bad it might not be possible to restore it. That’s one and a half million for not paying
attention. European football hooligans have over the
years marched into cities and made a mess. They have destroyed cafes, bars, stores, and
at the same time left a lot of blood on the streets. You could say these guys are not tourists,
but along with their game of soccer they usually enjoy some beers and foreign food. We say enjoy, but their actions are often
considered hair-brained and dangerous. One of the worst things they have done happened
in 2017 when 7,000 Dutch fans arrived for a game in Rome. They got very drunk and just started smashing
things up. That’s not unusual, but this time they picked
on one of the city’s most famous fountains. This is the “Fontana della Barcaccia”
and it was built in 1627. They even urinated on the thing after they
smashed parts of it. The fountain needed a lot of restoration after
that, and the cost of all this was over three million dollars. 23 Dutch fans were arrested. The game ended 1-1. And finally in 2012, one man did something
which shocked not just the art world but the world in general. He punched a whole right through a painting
considered a masterpiece. The man’s name is Andrew Shannon and the
painting he decided to take a swipe at was Claude Monet’s “Argenteuil Basin with
a Single Sailboat.” This painting had a value of around $10 million. Ok, so the guy might not have considered himself
a tourist since the painting was in an Irish gallery and he was Irish, but then again he
might have been what’s called a domestic tourist. Why did he do it? There seems to be no clear reason. Some reports state that he did it to “get
back at the state”, whatever that means. But other reports state that the guy was not
feeling right in his head when he landed what might be the most expensive punch of all time. He didn’t just make a dent either, he punched
right through the thing. He was sentenced to five years in prison after
that, and so you might consider this flash of anger totally stupid. It turned out that this guy was a bit of a
crook and had handled lots of stolen goods in the past, including paintings and antiques. What would you do if you found you suddenly
put your fist through a priceless work of art? Try to tape it up? Blame it on your little brother? Tell us in the comments. Now go watch “Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?” Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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100 thoughts on “Most Expensive Works of Art Destroyed By Tourists

  1. Me : Kicks dirt
    Random Guard : tHaT dIrT tOoK mIlLiOnS oF yEaRs To FoRm!!! YoUr uNdEr ArEsSt!!!
    Me : What the f…..

  2. You break it,You pay it.

  3. If you think about it, a sign saying don’t touch just makes people wanna touch it even more…

  4. why tf are they gonna scribble something that won't last long? their love is pointless compared to the art.

  5. Anyone just feel some random hatred for these people?

    Like I don’t even know them, and I want them all in prison ; – ;

  6. I feel like a lot of these people are americans

  7. This is why I never go to museums. With my clumsiness? I'd be millions in debt!

  8. Woman at museum with crowns on pedestals activates. Rube Goldberg effect. (I don’t think I spelled that right)

  9. Expensive art: exists
    Tourists: TARGET LOCKED OBJECTIVE: DESTROY

  10. Dumb people should do everyone a favor and just stay home. Video games are much better for you!

  11. what if a kid destroy?

  12. 5:44 Well, here in Hungary, vandals like Laszlo Toth (Tóth László in hungarian) are often damaging priceless pieces of art and sculpture. Unfortunately, this activity expanded to global today.

    Also,he lived in Australia, possibily because he was a revolutionist back in 1956, and soviets would have imprisoned him.

  13. American makes mistakes it‘s okay
    Non American makes mistakes he is a bad guy and should be banned from the museum

  14. When tourists want to play super smash bros in the wrong place

  15. Seems like museums put these work of arts out so people will ruin them and they can collect the insurance money.

  16. man: brakes slagmite, me, a chinese person: yOu dArE tO chAllIngE mE!!!!!!

  17. Y'know instead of tourists going to museums, they should watch tv and let the recorders do the work instead of paying 100 dollars to watch them

  18. "Very silly things" is an understatment.
    Vandalism is not.

  19. 8:52 why would he point that out?

  20. Its like the museums dont protect the art for the insurence for some incedents

  21. All of these people should be torture and die slowly within 10 years
    And die at the end at the 10 years
    Their lives is no where as close as valuable as these art pieces
    Stab stab 🔪🔪🔪

  22. Funny how most of them Americans. hmmmmm

  23. Everyone left a note on the old artifacts to next generation to see

  24. Historical things: exist

    Tourist's: WRITE THAT DOWN! WRITE THAT DOWN!

  25. we think it would be a pretty cheap repair

  26. If the painting is worth over 250k put a glass over over it…..

  27. aren't all of these the museum's fault? seeing how there was no glass protection around the art? or some sort of protection geez lol

  28. I feel like they should probably know a lot better

  29. "What would you do if you found you suddenly put your fist through a priceless work of art?"

    I would wash my hands from how much banana I removed from duct tape

  30. Infographics on everything: “We can’t really identify how much this costed”

  31. Jesus Christ people are idiots

  32. I help keep a truck forum up an running. On the subject of scratching your name into things…

    We had a member who is also a very well known YouTuber. He scratched his yt name onto an ancient rock formation in southern Utah last year.
    I won't say his name or his channel. But he got a lot of backlash on our site. And a year later it seems he got away with it.

    I don't like the guy. Cocky and passed responsibility to an employee when he got called out.

    Long story short dont scratch your name in anything. Noone cares that "I was here". Just appreciate the thing in question and move on.

  33. How did you pronounce the names ??????!!!??!!!

  34. Put layer of glass around paintings to try protect them, ban phones inside of museums and idk about statues, possibly spikes or metal fences or lasers around the bottom of the peice? All sharp objects should be taken so people dont carve stuff in the wall.

    Anyone who damages a peice of art on purpose should be jailed for about 30 years and have to pay a huge fine

  35. Tourists are also ruining the Great Barrier Reef, i'm dissapointed.

  36. Me: throws a rock
    Rock: breaks into two pieces
    Me: gets arrested as rocks take thousands of years to form

  37. Someone used the force on my hand!!

  38. Summary

    Italian : you took everything from me!

    Chinese : it's free historical estate

  39. 5:18. China? Did he get corona virus?

  40. I remember seeing a video of guys cutting a lot of locks from the bridge

  41. Hairbrained that’s a new one

  42. If I had punched that painting I would say that I slip over it

  43. Rated from cheapest to most expensive, doesn’t know the price of half the list

  44. You forgot the man who won the lottery, got so happy that he accidentally destroyed a faberge egg worth milllions

  45. I wanna know the expensive stuff not the less then expensive

  46. 3:27
    In the back you can see a portrait of Anne Bolyen and Queen Elizabeth I

  47. Surprised that I didn't see any fellow indians here lol

  48. How does 10 million dollars goes to 81 that’s crazy

  49. Those too idiots carving their names on the coliseum 🤬🤬

  50. Nobody mike Bloomberg

  51. Why are americans so smart?

  52. 99.9% of them are Chinese

  53. Nobody

    Random Australian

    I AM JESUS

  54. Kid: hold up, lemme touch it
    Guard : WAIT, NO S-
    Kid: oops…
    it was the moment that he knew, he f*cked up

  55. 9:55
    G E K O LO N I S E E R D

  56. Now Plymouth rock

  57. never going to visit a museum again

  58. My uncle and aunt put a lock on that bridge

  59. I hope all of them have to pay so much that they never be able to travel somewhere.

  60. Send these cretins to prison and the kids a youth prison with no school to combat the boredom ! , and if some of these people get roughed up a little ( or a lot) just ignore it !

  61. I didn’t watched the video yet but i just have a feeling that they are going to mention the dutch soccer fans that destroyed a fountain in Rome

  62. This is why I stay inside 🙃

  63. Me: *Slightly touches a masterpiece*
    Guards: CODE RED! CODE RED!

  64. I guess tourists really do not like Italian arts lol

  65. does stealing a brick from the great wall of china count as graverobbing since they threw dead workers into it?

  66. Human beings are getting dumber by the day it would seem.

  67. where's the whistler mother paint?

  68. ppl who do that kind of things are ppl who write on school’s toilet doors

  69. I hate people

  70. pretty much sums up Americans and Chinese in other countrys.. carves name on one of worlds biggest treasures "Whats a big deal???"

  71. I feel bad for Italy

  72. Chinese/American tourists: exist

    Museum guards: can you don’t

  73. always with the selfies, huh? reasonable.

  74. looking at these price damages makes me not want to go to a museum anymore lol

  75. For some reason I feel bad

  76. Imagine some guy breaking stuff in your house, tv, computer, cellphone, tablets, speakers, and say i can touch or punch through it, graffiti, how would you feel. And its not even the same worth as these artpieces + it’s history, that’s why you need to teach your kids manners before they grow up.

  77. They don't desrve to be banned at the historical museums they deserve to die

  78. i once went to a muesem and…

    i smudged a painting but it was ok

  79. Guard:why u do that bro

    Tourist:idk

    Guard:🤦🏻‍♂️

  80. Am I the only one who is imagining the tourist saying in court "whaat? its not worth that much its only a painting its maybe $10 $15 at most" to the court room judge

  81. This is why some people need chairs introduced to their faces.

  82. Why tf do people think this is okay 😅

  83. to be honest, there are two types of people here in California. There are normal human beings, not being complete idiots idiots. then, there are the people like at 0:48.

  84. The talk of football hooligans being violent and idiotic was the best part.

  85. Isn’t it the museum fault for not taking extra precaution

  86. I'm italian and i just don't get why a lot of you guys are surprised about the severity of the law in front of am act of vandalism. Can you imagine the efford to maintain for 2000 years a monument? To conserve for 500 years a painting?
    In the act of vandalise a piece of art such old, you are vandalizing the memory of humanity.

  87. Am I only one who is getting angry on these people?

  88. I'm glad that many of the cities of this works of art are italian cities. I'm proud of it!

  89. Wow I’m Suprised No ones written some their initials on newgrange

  90. This video physically hurts to watch

  91. People are so entitled. Empty idiots who want to be cool on Instagram.

  92. I would be Mr. Bean!!!!

  93. 5:45 this is the funniest thing i ever heard💀

  94. Jian hao tan was here

  95. I feel like the nationality of each person was more focused on than the artifacts

  96. I can't stand people who disrespect history

  97. I live right by starved rock the one. About Illinois and I have seen that love heart and it’s not that crazy bc a lot of people has done that including me

  98. We had the same problem as the China 2017 stalagmite case in South Africa. We have a cave system known as the Cango Caves. We used to allow concerts in what is known as the Concert Hall. It was surrounded by Stalagmite and stalactites. It was a great venue for orchestra's apparently (too young to have experienced it). However, what was realised was that during concerts, people would go past the set boundary or even when they were within the boundary, they would break of tips and the like to take home as souvenirs. when looking at the broken structures its really sad

  99. I'm 11, and Even I have the etiquette to not touch art, people are idiots

  100. "he wanted to high five Mary."

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