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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: Clumsy Visitor Breaks Ming Dynasty Chair




MINNEAPOLIS -- A museum visitor looking for a place to rest his feet picked an expensive place to sit.


The man failed to heed a do-not-touch sign Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and sat down on a 16th-century Ming Dynasty chair, breaking its horseshoe-shaped back in three places.


Officials said the chair, worth six figures, can be repaired.


"We were very fortunate f the chair backing broke on old break lines,'' said Evan Maurer, museum director. "It's been broken before.''


No charges will be filed against the visitor, whose name was not released. "It was a terrible mistake, and he felt terrible about it,'' Maurer said.