A cleaning lady accidentally threw away art in Italy, and other precedents – What’s the value of art?

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This is the last story of a series where contemporary and modern art have been mistaken for trash and tossed. The last week a cleaning woman at an Italian gallery in Bari, Sala Murat, accidentally threw away $13.000 of art by New York modernist Paul Branca, which she mistook for trash. The work was a collage of crumpled newspaper, cardboard, and cookie installation scattered across the floor in the motif of a garden-variety trash, intended to make viewers think of the environment. Unfortunately it was impossible to recover the work as the truck waste company picked up the garbage immediately. The gallery has said they don’t blame the woman as she didn’t realise she had thrown away a work of art and she was just doing her job.

Few weeks before, in another Italian museum, in Ravenna, a hole in the wall by the artist Eron was so realistic that a worker assigned to masonry…

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