American Tourist Breaks 600-Year-Old Statue

Tourist in Florence was reportedly comparing his hand to a statue of the Virgin Mary when it broke.
1:49 | 08/07/13

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We continue, now, with the american tourist making international headlines after he accidentally break the finger off a statue that is centuries old, violating museum rules. Look, don't touch. This morning, outrage at a florence museum after an american tourist snapped the finger off a 600-year-old statue of the virgin mary. According to reports, the man was measuring the finger and comparing it to his own hand when he accidentally broke the work of art. A security guard spotted him. But it was too late. He was later confronted by police. A museum spokesperson said that the fundamental rules for visiting a museum had been forgotten. That is, do not touch the works. Florence police tell abc news that the culprit is a connecticut man, with the initials p.B. And he was apologetic when questioned. He is reportedly an emergency surgeon at a connecticut hospital. And this isn't the first time an accident has befallen museum treasures. In 2010, a picasso painting worth $130 million was ripped when a clumsy art lover tripped and fell against it at the metropolitan museum of art. And casino mogul steve winn ripped his picasso masterpiece when his elbow went through it. The masterpiece was in the process of being sold when he damaged it. It has since been repaired and hangs in his office. The sale was rescinded. So, the statue can be repaired thankfully. Italian prosecutors will decide whether charges will be filed against the man and if he will be fined. Remember, look. Don't touch. A surgeon. He's a surgeon, ironically. Lara, thank you. I know. I know.

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