$1.1 million sculpture damaged by cleaning woman in German museum


Picture taken Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 shows the base of the sculpture "Wenn's anfaengt durch die Decke zu tropfen" ( "When it Starts Dripping from the Ceiling" ) by German artist Martin Kippenberger in the Ostwall museum in Dortmund, western Germany. (Mike Siepmann/AP)

The artwork fell victim to an expensive mistake when a woman from the cleaning agency, whose employees had been instructed to stay at least eight inches away from the art at all times, “cleaned” the installation. According to the Associated Press, it remains on view while insurance adjusters assess the damage, and the owner of the work decides whether it should be restored.


In this picture taken Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 a man passes the sculpture "Wenn's anfaengt durch die Decke zu tropfen" ( "When it Starts Dripping from the Ceiling" ) by German artist Martin Kippenberger in the Ostwall museum in Dortmund, western Germany. (Mike Siepmann/AP)

Thanks to his troublemaking persona, some have suggested that he would have liked the way that the cleaning woman “completed” his sculpture.

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