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Champagne cork flies in the wrong direction

Champagne Cork Damages 18th-Century Painting

"Good Morning America" reminds us we should always be careful when opening a bottle of champagne...especially when doing so around priceless artwork.

Roberto Cassago was at a holiday party at the Palazzo Isimbardi, which houses Milan's provincial government, when he opened a champagne bottle, sending the cork flying through an oil painting by an unknown artist, one worth several thousand dollars.

The champagne cost about fifty bucks a bottle; repairs to an 18th century painting cost $1,400.

The Telegraph says Cassago is willing to pay for the painting's restoration if the government's insurance company refuses to cover the damage.

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bjamesintherock January 26 2014 at 10:49 AM

unknown artist ??

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trip951 January 26 2014 at 10:19 AM

Some still open Champagne for show off no matter how much you train them.
I bet the insurance company will not pay a dime, or shall I say one Italian Lira?

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Nobear January 26 2014 at 10:18 AM

corks arn't dangerous, it is the direction of the aim and the lack of thought by the popper

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denoferth Nobear January 26 2014 at 10:35 AM

Ah, I see. When inconsiderate cork poppers are outlawed, only idiots will pop still pop them.

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JIm January 26 2014 at 11:38 AM

Never mind your priceless posessions (artworks Chandelier etc) Its your eye (Left or Right) that you should protect. Those corkes can come out of the Bottle with great volicity and if it nails your eye then a trip to the emergency room with detached retina or worse is where you will be spending your New Years eve. Its amazing how few people know this. I guess that they just dont teach you any thing iif you spend your life with your nose buried in your Smart Phone. Unfortunately only the phone is smart. A word to the practical --- Keep your hand over the cork when opening -- A Towell will work.

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Jim January 26 2014 at 11:45 AM

Oops! I'd say that he (probably) can afford to pay for the damage and restore the painting!

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matayka Jim January 26 2014 at 12:04 PM

How could you possibly have an opinion on what someone else could afford? Only a mindless idiot who wants to see his own name here would make such a comment.

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THINK JESUS matayka January 26 2014 at 12:15 PM

why does someone need a high price piece of art in their house? and why does alcohol have to be involved? lets all get drunk!

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roger matayka January 26 2014 at 12:30 PM

...pretty sure the one calling others an idiot, is the idiot....

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komivesdd January 26 2014 at 10:01 AM

Hazards of the Good Life!

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jkmhcc January 26 2014 at 9:57 AM

Pop goes the easel.

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jacksirish jkmhcc January 26 2014 at 10:25 AM

That's funny!

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moebette jkmhcc January 26 2014 at 10:46 AM

Now THAT is funny , , , wish I had said it.
Come to think of it, I will . . Pop goes the easel!

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useruser1902 January 26 2014 at 9:45 AM

What if it had been someone's eye. . . that could have cost 14 million.

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moebette useruser1902 January 26 2014 at 10:48 AM

It would have cost that much if it was an American attorney who specialized in cork injuries to eyes!!

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asmt7cvc January 26 2014 at 9:41 AM

Jeffery. You nut Milan is in Italy!

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globetrottinggrandma January 26 2014 at 9:41 AM


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