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Couple mistakenly vandalizes $440,000 painting at exhibition

SEOUL, South Korea -- An art piece by an American graffiti artist showcased in South Koreawas damaged by a couple in their 20s who thought the sets of paint and brushes laid in front of the artwork was for spectators use.

Staff at the gallery exhibition noticed new brush strokes on the wall -- small swipes of dark green to the right of center -- last Sunday. After checking the security camera, two suspects were taken by the police for investigation.

Due to the characteristics of contemporary art, there will be many happenings like these going forward. Exhibit organizers must take extra care in physically protecting the artwork, as the audience may mistake the art like that of JonOne to something they can scribble on, Ha Jae-geun, a Korean pop culture expert, told ABC News.

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