12 year-old sticks a wad of gum to a $1.5 million painting

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Huh??? It’s true. A 12 year-old on a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts took a wad of gum out of his mouth and stuck it on a painting worth $1.5 million, leaving a spot of residue the size of a quarter.

The abstract painting was done in 1963 by Helen Frankenthaler, and is entitled “The Bay.” The museum got the piece in 1965, and says that today it is worth approximately $1.5 million.

Museum officials are researching the chemical properties of the gum to determine the correct solvent to use on the painting.

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