Editor's Note: A polka-dotted gourd by Yayoi Kusama—a standalone piece—earlier sold for $784,485. However, the individual pumpkins in the Infinity Room at the Hirshhorn Museum have no value on their own.
You know how there are some people who dismiss selfies (and religious selfie-takers) as shallow and vain? Well, those people are most likely smirking and silently applauding themselves right now because someone just broke a pumpkin worth $800,000—P40M—all because of a damn selfie.
Last week, at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., someone accidentally shattered a pumpkin that was a part of Yayoi Kusama’s new installation called “Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.” A visitor, who was attempting to take a selfie, reportedly tripped over a pumpkin, causing the room to temporarily close.
Museum spokesperson Allison Peck says that one to four visitors are allowed in the room for 30 seconds at a time—with no security. This makes it harder for the museum to investigate. No arrests have been made and a replacement pumpkin is already on its way.
A similar Kusama piece previously sold for $800,000 at an auction in 2015, and according to Bloomberg, a complete installation was valued at around $1 million that same year.
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