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South Korean Couple Accidently Paints Over A $440,000 Artwork During Gallery Visit

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A couple in South Korea accidentally pained over an artwork that cost $440,000.

The couple, who are in their 20s, were visiting the exhibit on March 28 when they mistook the containers of paint and paintbrushes — which were intentionally displayed in front of American graffiti artist JonOne — as signs for the public to interact with the painting.

So they picked up the paint and splashed it onto the painting. This left a bunch of highly visible dark screen splotches on the valuable artwork.

Police reviewed the surveillance footage and arrested the couple at the mall, and they were later released without being charged, Kang Wook, the CEO of Contents Creator of Culture, which co-organized the exhibit, told ABC News.

"They thought they were allowed to do that as participatory art and made a mistake," Kang told the outlet. "We are currently in discussions with the artist about whether to restore it."

JonOne, aka John Andrew Perello painted the piece, which he calls ‘Untitled’ in 2016. As he put up his artwork for display in the exhibition, he deliberately placed a paint can and a container in front of it, completing its aesthetic.

For now, the gallery has added a do not touch sign in front of the painting, while JonOne has decided not to react to the fiasco in public.