Gum Damages Million Dollar DIA Painting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Detroit Institute of Arts is stuck with having to repair a painting worth a million and-a-half dollars.

Specifically, it has to remove a stain left by a wad of gum stuck on the painting by a 12-year-old visitor.

It happened Friday. Museum officials say the boy was with a group from Holly Academy in Oakland County when he took the gum out of his mouth and stuck it on Helen Frankenthaler's 1963 abstract painting, "The Bay."

The gum didn't stick to the fiber of the canvas, but left a stain the size of a quarter. Museum experts are researching the chemicals in the gum to decide how to clean the painting.

The boy was suspended from school.


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