15 Priceless Objects Destroyed by Dumb People

There are plenty of times where our klutziness costs us something dear to us. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to you very often, but we’ve all been there. The next time you break one of your favorite coffee mugs, or spill grease on your best dress shirt, take a look at this list and feel a little better about yourself.

Every single person on this list didn’t think before they acted, and their actions caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to rare and treasured objects.

Priceless work of art destroyed by amateur restorer

In 2012, a well-meaning woman took it upon herself to try and restore a fresco in the Santuario de Misericordia chapel located in Borja, Spain. The fresco had originally been painted by famous Spanish artist Elias Garcia Martinez in the 19th century, but hadn’t aged well — the paint was peeling and cracking in large areas, and the only part of the painting that was still relatively untouched was Jesus’ face. The elderly amateur took it upon herself to basically repaint the fresco, turning the masterpiece into a work that any 5-year-old could have accomplished.

Elías García Martínez, Cecilia Giménez / Original and Monkey Jesus
Elías García Martínez, Cecilia Giménez / Original and Monkey Jesus