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Cleaner accidentally throws out $15,000 piece of art

Expensive Modern Art Thrown Out By Cleaning Lady, Confused With Trash
An art gallery cleaning lady accidentally threw away expensive modern art because she confused it with trash. According to the BBC, on Wednesday a security guard at an Italian art gallery noticed that items from Sala Murat's display were missing. The works were made of newspaper and cardboard, and pieces of cookies that were spread across the floor.

Apparently an unnamed cleaner, from the firm Chiarissima, thought it was left over garbage and tossed it. The works are estimated to be worth $15,000.

The city marketing commissioner told the BBC, "It's clear the cleaning person did not realize she had thrown away two works and their value. But this is all about the artists who have been able to better interpret the meaning of contemporary art, which is to interact with the environment. In any case, the insurance will cover the damages caused."

This isn't the first time that art has been confused with trash; back in 2001 an installation consisting of beer bottles, coffee cups, and overflowing ashtrays was thrown out by a cleaning crew.

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TC3ANDER February 22 2014 at 10:38 PM

$15,000 for trash? I think the cleaning crew were better critics than the 'Real' critics.

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maddlib February 22 2014 at 8:49 AM

Sounds like garbage to me.

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Donald Harwell February 22 2014 at 7:05 AM

I wonder if insurance will pay for it?

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Donald Harwell February 22 2014 at 7:04 AM

Just this past week I must have bagged up and threw away at least $30,000.00 worth of "art", if I had known!

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dal February 22 2014 at 6:44 AM

And they had the nerve to say my velvet Elvis painting was not art, you ever try painting on velvet?

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b2ran February 22 2014 at 6:01 AM

Oh well.

Don't they say, "one man's (woman's in this case) trash is another man's treasure"? I guess this would be a classic example.

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stvhndyman February 22 2014 at 4:44 AM

Beauty and Art are all in the eye of the beholder. Obviously she didn't have an "eye" for it.

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Frank February 22 2014 at 4:33 AM

would have been nice to see a good picture of the trash (which to me it sounds like it was)

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paxrail February 22 2014 at 2:51 AM

"...newspaper and cardboard, and pieces of cookies that were spread across the floor."
"...an installation consisting of beer bottles, coffee cups, and overflowing ashtrays..."
Seriously? This is considered art? The cleaning people SHOULD have thrown the crud out because it IS trash.

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marvin souw February 22 2014 at 1:56 AM

OK, all this stuff about leftovers being made into expensive art ... what is UP with this Huffpost site, anyway?? Everytime I attempt to access some "news," the insane site auto scrolls through all the news articles before any of them have had a thorough chance to load. As a result, I am able to watch only a few seconds of any given presentation ... and there seems to be no way to end this madness! Huffpost, what is wrong with your site??!!

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