Man sentenced to jail time for punching a hole in Monet painting
Ruins a $15 million masterpiece
Back in 2012, a 49-year-old man took it upon himself to punch a hole through a Claude Monet masterpiece worth $15 million at the National Gallery of Ireland. The painting, titled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, was severely damaged – leaving a large hole in the left hand corner.
After the attack, the man said he did it to get "back at the state", yet during his trial the criminal retracted his original statement and said it was an accident, claiming that he felt faint and fell into the artwork through no fault of his own. The prosecutors studied the gallery's security footage, and in the end the members of the jury found him guilty of intentional attack on the precious artwork.
The man was sentenced to 5 years in prison and following his release he we will banned from all galleries for 15 months.