A guest smashes a glass pumpkin by artist Yayoi Kusama — and other self-portraits that cost a pretty penny.
Sometimes a picture’s worth a thousand bucks. Or more.
A clumsy Washington, D.C. museum visitor angling for the perfect selfie smashed one of the glass pumpkins in artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” exhibit, a Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden spokeswoman confirmed to the Washington Post. A similar sculpture sold for almost $800,000 in 2015, according to Artnet, although the Hirshhorn rep assured that replacing one of these glittering gourds wasn’t quite as pricey.
"Infinity Mirrored Room- All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, Yayoi Kusama, lanterns and mirrors, 2016." #… pic.twitter.com/8IBVK6bo8F
— Artagram (@Artagram_) March 6, 2017
A tweet featuring the exhibit. This is not the person who broke the pumpkin.
This isn’t the first time that snapping a self portrait has cost someone a pretty penny. Here are seven of the most expensive selfies ever taken:
- That bites. Last month a woman who grabbed a shark pup for an epic selfie at a Brazilian animal sanctuary got four stitches when the panicked animal sunk its teeth into her hand – plus an $6,442 fine for the environmental crime.
- The price of this 2011 monkey selfie that went viral is bananas. A black crested macaque grabbed wildlife photographer David Slater’s camera in Indonesia, and took a perfect selfie that became the center of a legal battle over whether the man or the monkey owned the shot. Slater said the trip cost him about $2,400, and the equipment and insurance ran more than $6,100, or “like a year of work.” He sells the “monkey selfies” on his site as prints for up to $160, which hopefully covers the legal fees for his copyright.
- A ditzy driver trying to take a topless Snapchat pic behind the wheel was arrested and released on a $2,000 bond after she rammed into a police car last fall.
This one’s a home run: Three Omaha women faced a hefty $1,500 fine for taking photos and video while rushing the baseball field during the 2013 NCAA College World Series.
- Two Arizona tourists had their butts handed to them for taking nude pics at a sacred Cambodian temple. The sisters ages 20 and 22 were fined $250 a piece in 2015 and kicked out of the country for four years with suspended six-month jail sentences for taking pix with their pants down at the Angkor Wat temple.
- A British man’s first-ever selfie put him in contempt. He was charged almost $500 in 2014 for taking a picture inside a courtroom, breaking an age-old English law objecting the practice. He even included judge and the court crest in the snap posted on Facebook. Out of order!
- An Indian builder was charged almost $500 by the local forest department last year for taking a selfie with a mini cobra that he posted online, seemingly with the intent to sell it.
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