Student Breaks 19th-Century Statue While Taking Selfie

He jumped on its lap and it ceased having a lap
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
A cast of a similar statue is seen in Milan in this file photo.   (Wikimedia)

(Newser) – You have to admire an intrepid photographer going the extra mile for the perfect shot. Unless, of course, that intrepid photographer is a teenager taking a selfie and he breaks a centuries-old statue in the process. That's what happened in Milan this week when, according to witnesses, a foreign student jumped into the lap of a statue at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, only to have the leg break under him, the Local reports.

The "Drunken Satyr" statue was only a replica of an ancient Greek original, but it still dates back to the 19th century. "We think this is an accident," said the museum's director, according to RT, which nonetheless describes the museum as "indignant." There was no CCTV footage of the incident, making it unlikely the perpetrator will be caught—unless, of course, he posts that selfie.

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