The £740,000 painting was ruined after a gallery security guard caught its attention

ONE picture worth £740,000 was ruined after a security guard painted two pairs of eyes on faceless figures on his first day on the job.

The painting by artist Anna Leporskaya, called Three Figures, is displayed in an abstract art exhibition at the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The guard in his 60s is said to have been ‘bored’ and ended up doodling his eyes with a ballpoint pen.

Police have opened an investigation into vandalism, which is accompanied by a fine of £395 or a year in prison for correctional labor.

Experts hope the piece can be restored to its former glory without lasting damage.

Fortunately, it is not believed that the damage is permanent

(Russian Art Newspaper)

According to the Daily Mail, the estimated cost of the restoration work is £2470), with the painting itself insured for £740,000.

According to the website Art Newspaper Russia, fortunately the vandal did not put too much pressure on the additions.

The website adds that the eyes were first discovered last December by people visiting the gallery and claims that police are not interested in prosecuting the case because the cost of the damage is ‘zero. significantly’.

The Leporskaya-born artist died in 1982 at the age of 82, and has worked with a number of avant-garde artists in her lifetime.

The gallery released a statement about the vandalism earlier this week.

A spokesman said: “We inform you that during the investigation, the person who painted the eyes on the characters in Anna Leporskaya’s paintings has been identified – this is an employee of a private security organization. conduct security operations of the Yeltsin Center.

“Damage is done with a ballpoint pen.

“The work was examined the very next day by the restorer of the State Tretyakov Gallery and sent to Moscow.

“The painting is being restored, according to the expert, the damage can be removed without consequences for the artwork.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/russian-gallery-painting-display-damage-b2012175.html The £740,000 painting was ruined after a gallery security guard caught its attention

Tom Vazquez

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