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Boy, 12, Sticks Gum on $1.5M Painting

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    DETROIT - A 12-year-old visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts stuck a wad of gum to a $1.5 million painting, leaving a stain the size of a quarter, officials say.

    The boy was part of a school group from Holly that visited the museum on Friday, officials say. They say he took a piece of Wrigley's Extra Polar Ice gum out of his mouth and stuck it on Helen Frankenthaler's "The Bay," an abstract painting from 1963.

    The museum acquired the work in 1965 and says it is worth about $1.5 million.

    The gum stuck to the painting's lower left corner and did not adhere to the fiber of the canvas, officials told the Detroit Free Press. But it left a chemical residue about the size of a quarter, said Becky Hart, assistant curator of contemporary art.

    The museum's conservation department is researching the chemicals in the gum to decide which solvent to use to clean it. The museum hopes to make the repair in two weeks and will keep "The Bay" on display in the meantime, she said.

    "Our expectation is that the painting is going to be fine," Hart said.

    Holly Academy director Julie Kildee said the boy had been suspended from the charter school and says his parents also have disciplined him.

    "Even though we give very strict guidelines on proper behavior and we hold students to high standards, he is only 12 and I don't think he understood the ramifications of what he did before it happened, but he certainly understands the severity of it now," said Kildee.

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  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    WHo would do somehting THAT stupid? :rolleyes:

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  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Good to know u think I'm worth 1.5 mil. Pulling the gum off only devalues it by oh $0.75. So I'll still be worth 1,499,999.25 :D
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    You're still worth 1.5 mil in my book... ;)
  5. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Ok you two, get a hotel room already.



    And about that kid... f'in hilarious. That's a story to tell his grand kids. :D
  6. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    :laugh2: Where do you get that stuff...

    That dumb azz kid needs his azz beat...what a idiot!
  7. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    :rolleyes:

    Please, don't ever have kids.
  8. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I will and if he did that I'd beat his azz.
  9. Gibby!

    Gibby! Pom Pom Waving Shill

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    You're going to be giving a lot of 'em then :rolleyes:
  10. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I doubt very seriously that my kids going to be going around many times sticking gum on 1.5 million dollar paintings.:rolleyes:
  11. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    A 12 year old probably doesn't comprehend that an abstract piece of art is very expensive. I can't quite grasp why certain paintings cost so much. A 12 yera old does understand private property, rules about not touching stuff that doesn't belong to you and how to dispose of gum. Sounds like a little punk to me.
  12. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Probably a young Redskin fan... :D
  13. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I remember when I was 12 and I sure as Hell knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I was never to stick gum on ANY painting let alone one at a Art museum.

    12 years old is old enough to know better...No excuse.
  14. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    That kid must meet the gas chamber.
  15. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    ....:D
  16. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Put him to work for free in the museum for the next ten years. Community service if you will.

    Dumb kid and pitiful parenting.

    At 12 if he doesnt know that type of behavior is inappropriate than all hope may be lost for him.
  17. cowboyfan4life_mark

    cowboyfan4life_mark 5 outta 8 ain't bad

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    Agreed.
  18. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    hes an Ohio fan..what do you expect :laugh2:
  19. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Hmmmm... not sure if this was so much of a tragedy. Not like this thing is the Mona Lisa.

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    This, of course, begs several questions.

    How could you tell if there was gum on this?

    Was the kid simply making an artistic expression of his own?

    And, most importantly:

    Who would pay $1.5 mil for this uninspired mish-mash?
  20. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    We Beat our Kids in Ohio! :D

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