This is why we can't have nice things. It's been barely two weeks since the expanded SFMOMA reopened to the public, putting on display hundreds of wildly valuable 20th Century artworks from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, and already some poor soul has tripped and fallen into a Warhol and possibly caused some damage. As KRON 4 reports, the incident happened Thursday afternoon, and the museum doesn't seem to want to talk about it, saying there will be no official press release.
The painting, Warhol's "Triple Elvis," one version of which sold at auction for $82 million in 2014, is one of a series of 22 silkscreens the artist did of Elvis Presley, in a still from a movie, depicted as a cowboy shooting a gun.
According to reps for the museum, the painting was removed from the gallery to be examined, and conservators say that any contact the clumsy museum-goer's elbow made with the canvas was "minimal," per KRON 4.
Nice going, guy. (Or gal.) Because this would have been a far more expensive trip than when that kid in Taiwan tripped and punched a hole in a 17th Century Italian painting last August. That thing was only worth $1.5 million.