Video: Dali and Goya artworks damaged by selfie-takers in Russia
Video has emerged of a group of selfie-takers accidentally knocking over a museum display wall in Russia, causing damage to valuable artworks by surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) shared the 49-second surveillance camera video, which shows the October 27th incident at the International Arts Center Main Avenue in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Russian news agency TASS stated that four girls 'behaved inadequately," according to an employee of the Center.
"As a result, they damaged two works of art, which were on display in a tandem: pictures by Francisco Goya and Salvador Dali. Goya’s work had its frame and glass broken. As far as Dali’s artwork is concerned, apart from shattered frame and protective glass, it also suffered damage to the picture itself,” the employee said.
"The incident is being investigated, the works of art are being examined by specialists," the source said. TASS reported that although police have been notified, no charges have been laid.
The incident is just one of a spate of recent events involving selfies, and is reminiscent of a 2017 incident where a visitor to a museum in Los Angeles knocked over $200,000 worth of art.
Earlier this year, NSW police were called in to support rangers at NSW's Wedding Cake Rock in August due to an influx of selfie-seekers risking their lives, and just last week two selfie takers were believed to have died after falling off a cliff at Yosemite National Park in the US.
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