34 Precious Items and Priceless Artifacts Someone Treated Like Thrift-Store Detritus

By:
34 Precious Items and Priceless Artifacts Someone Treated Like Thrift-Store Detritus

If youre being trusted with a priceless historical musical instrument, the least you can do is not smash it to pieces.

Click right here to get the best of Cracked sent to your inbox.

Disrespectful uses of priceless artifacts Partying at Stonehenge Surely Stonehenge has always been treated with solemn respect, right? Ifrespect means late-night drug-fueled orgies, then yes. Alright, we might be exaggerating, but the site only went to the British government in the 20th century. When you have centuries of crowds bringing music and food, you know there were also drugs and orgies. CRACKED.COM

Source

Disrespectful uses of priceless artifacts Coolest bathroom decoration ever After Leonardo's death, the Mona Lisa was acquired by his benefactor, King Francis I. The French king hung it in his bathroom at the Fontainebleau palace, where it stayed for a bit until the French court was moved to Versailles. Of course, bathrooms were way different, bigger, and classier if you were a French royal. CRACKED.COM

Source

In 2012, an Australian art gallery visitor couldn't resist planting a big kiss on a sculpture's butt. The statue of Narcissus was sculpted in the 19th century, before Australia was even a country, and this was its fate. CRACKED.COM

Source

When a da Vinci sketch was found in 1998 among drawings by Italian artist Stefano della Bella, restorers got to work on it. (A portrait of da Vinci, not the sketch) They screwed up spectacularly, by dropping it into an alcohol and water solution that erased da Vinci's fine vegetable-based inks. They didn't even bother to test the technique on a small area, as is standard protocol. All that art historians were left with is the hope that one day, high-tech methods can bring back the sketch. CRACKED.COM

Source

In the 18th century, Shakespeare's last home drew hordes of tourists, driving its owner crazy. مع A 1737 sketch of the house One of the biggest attractions was a mulberry tree planted by Shakespeare himself, and the owner, Francis Gastrell, chopped it up and used it for firewood. The townspeople chased him out of town for that, but demanded he keep paying taxes on the house. Out of spite, Gastrell razed the house to the ground. CRACKED.COM

Source

Churchill hated his official 80th birthday portrait because it showed him as he was (not as he wanted to be), and he kept it in his cellar. Soon after Churchill died, his widow had her secretary's brother take it to his house and burn it in his backyard. So the only image of Churchill as a man, not a myth, painted by Britain's official WWII artist (yup, that was his title), perished in a backyard fire. CRACKED.COM

Source

In 2002, the TSA decided that famous Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman's custom Steinway grand piano was probably a bomb, because its glue smelled like a bomb to them. So they promptly demolished it. Zimerman then shipped his pianos in parts whenever he toured the U.S., but tried shipping a whole one in 2006-the TSA held it for five days, ruining his tour schedule. All that turned Zimerman into a harsh critic of U.S. foreign policy, and he now refuses to play in the U.S. CRACKED.COM

Source

In 2014, a French museum guard who needed a break sat down on a nearby folding chair. It was a 200-year-old chair used by Napoleon himself. Was, because the guard broke the leather by sitting down. Although the chair was later restored, the guard got a disciplinary hearing (during which he was told very carefully where to sit, presumably). CRACKED.COM

Source

War photographer Robert Сара was with the U.S. troops on D-Day, and took 106 up-close pictures of the battle. Не handed the negatives to Life magazine, where an overeager 15-year-old assistant turned the heat up way too high while developing them, destroying 95. The heat gave the 11 surviving photos a blurry, haunting quality that helped make them memorable, so ... at least there was that? CRACKED.COM

Source

Tags

Scroll down for the next article

MUST READ

Forgot Password?