Critics can destroy the careers of artists, but leave it to the clumsy and enraged to destroy the actual works.
Earlier this month, a man was arrested after allegedly destroying $5 million of artifacts at the Dallas Museum of Art because he was angry at his girlfriend.
But just as shocking are those who mean no harm to the world’s cultural works. Last week, the Marilyn Monroe Collection Instagram account posted photos alleging to show how the dress Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in 1962 to John F. Kennedy was damaged when Kim Kardashian wore it to the 2022 Met Gala.
The photos purport to show the dress missing some crystals and with others “hanging by a thread.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, which owns the dress — said to be worth more than $10 million — disputed this, saying the dress was not