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Security guard draws eyes on Russian painting – the internet reacts

Security guard draws eyes on Russian painting – the internet reacts
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Picture this, you’re an artist and you spend years working on a masterpiece. But when your work is being displayed at a gallery, somebody defaces it with a biro pen – heartbreaking, right? Well for Russian artist, Anna Leporskaya, this is very much a reality.

Leproskaya’s painting, Three Figures, was defaced by a 60-year-old security guard at the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia this week. Using a ballpoint pen, the guard drew four eyes on the faceless figures. The defacing has now torn the internet as many are loving the mischievous makeover while others can’t believe someone would do such a thing. If you’re missing the buzz of a gallery, then why not check out our roundup of the best online art galleries?

A before and after of the painting

This gives a new meaning to the word ‘defacing’ (Image credit: Anna Leporskaya)

Unbelievably, the eye bandit defaced the painting, worth £740.00 on his first day of the job. According to The BBC, he has since been sacked from his position and the police have opened up a criminal investigation. The restoration of the painting is estimated to cost £2,470.

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