$5 million worth of artwork destroyed at Dallas Museum of Art

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More than $5 million worth of artwork, including three ancient Greek pieces, was destroyed at the Dallas Museum of Art after a man broke in Wednesday night, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Brian Hernandez, 21, was in custody after police said he broke into the museum around 10 p.m. and was arrested shortly after leaving, KDFW-TV reported. Hernandez was unarmed and no one was injured, according to a museum spokeswoman.

The Dallas Museum of Art was open Thursday, but some exhibits were closed.

Hernandez broke into a glass display case and destroyed a Greek ceramic vase from the 6th century BC and a Greek pot from around 450 BC, the Dallas Morning News reported. He is also accused of destroying a $100,000 Greek bowl between 550 and 530 BC. and a $10,000 Caddo ceramic bottle inspired by an alligator gar.

“This is an isolated incident perpetrated by an individual acting alone, the intent of which was not the theft of artwork or artifacts on display at the museum,” the museum said in a statement. “While we are devastated by this incident, we are grateful that no one was injured. The safety of our staff and visitors, and the care and protection of the art in our stewardship, are our top priorities.

This story was originally published June 2, 2022 4:51 p.m.

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