Man accidentally smashes sculpture while taking selfie at museum

A trip to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., ended in disaster for an unnamed male tourist over the weekend, according to Hyperallergic.

The museum visitor was taking a selfie inside Yatoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room -- All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" exhibit when he reportedly lost his balance, toppling onto one of the many polka-dotted gourds featured in the display.

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Yayoi Kusama's 'All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins' room
ROME, Oct. 21, 2016 - Sculpture 'All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins' by Yayoi Kusama is shown at the 'LOVE. Contemporary Art Meets Love' exhibition in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2016. Works of 18 artists were displayed in the exhibition, which was opened on Thursday and would last until Feb. 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Jin Yu via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: Volunteers experience the installation 'Infinity Mirrored Room-All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins' as the Hirshhorn museum trains staff and volunteers on crowd issues and such in advance of 'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Mirrors.', on February, 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24: Gallery assistant views the artwork titled All The Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, United Kingdom on May 24, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A gallery assistant poses for as photograph with an art installation entitled 'All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins', 2016, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, at the Victoria Miro gallery in London on May 26, 2016. The exhibition is set to run from May 25 to July 30. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24: Gallery assistant views the artwork titled All The Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, United Kingdom on May 24, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: 'Infinity Mirrored Room-All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins', for 'Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Mirrors' which is due to open at the Hirshhorn this week on February, 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Allison Peck, the interim director of communications and marketing at the museum, told Artnet in an email that the installation, which had just opened on February 23, "sustained minor damage and the room was closed temporarily."

Let's just hope the museum has a lax 'you break it, you buy it' policy, because according to the Artnet Price Database, a similar sculpture of one of her polka-dotted gourds went for $784,485 at an auction in October 2015.

UPDATE:

A representative reached out to AOL.com to provide the following statement to clarify the actual cost of the damaged pumpkin:

"While one of the more than 60 pumpkins in Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror room "All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" suffered minor damage earlier this week, the comparison to the polka-dotted gourd, which sold for $784,485, is factually inaccurate as that was a standalone work whereas the individual pumpkins within the Infinity Room hold no intrinsic value on their own. The costs of replacing one of the pumpkins is negligible, and give the site-specific nature of the installation, which allows for reconfiguration, which the Hirshhorn has done in consultation with the artist, ensures that integrity and experience of the installation as a whole remains intact while the individual element is undergoing conservation."

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