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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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rdrvr1752 February 21 2014 at 10:42 PM

Remember the "Designing Women" episode where the ladies were attending a showing at a friend's gallery? Julia left her purse on a display plinth and somebody paid a fortune for it.

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Bill Sear February 21 2014 at 5:48 PM

It just goes to show you ... " that one man's trash, is another man's treasure" :)

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patriotwomanelizabeth February 21 2014 at 11:25 PM

An "Emperor's New Clothes" moment! Finally the truth is spoken by a humble cleaner, and the travesty of modern "art" is exposed. Cardboard and cookie crumbs? Art?

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hetmel February 21 2014 at 5:19 PM

Garbarge is as garbage does Good for the cleaning lady she cleaned up garbage.

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imrustysmom February 21 2014 at 5:14 PM

I can see how she thought it was garbage.

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rstrickland February 21 2014 at 5:04 PM

It was trash - you throw out trash! Stop giving value to absolute garbage that shows no artistic ability and is nothing more than crap!

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jt2 February 21 2014 at 11:47 PM

paper, cardboard and cookies on the floor at home is trash so seems like a reasonable mistake

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Richard February 21 2014 at 4:47 PM

She made no mistake.

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deborah721 February 21 2014 at 4:45 PM

Cardboard and cookies is not art

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lgvxl42 February 21 2014 at 4:34 PM

...........& the next time I tell you kids to put away your stuff, I bet you'll do it!

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