Rindy Sam, the 20 year old Cambodian artist living in France that was in the news back in July has had her day in court and the judge has fined her accordingly:
1euro goes to Cy Twombly for symbolic reasons
1,000 euros ($1,425) to the painting’s owner
486 euros ($713) to the Avignon gallery where she planted the kiss
Also 100 hours of community service after convicting her of “voluntarily damaging a work of art.”
$2,139 in damages was far below the $2.8 million in damages the owner Yvon Lambert had originally requested – the full value of the painting.
He claimed it cost more than $45,000 to restore the work because the lipstick could not be easily removed.
During the trial, Sam stated continuously: “When I kissed it, I thought the artist would have understood,”
Cy Twombly has yet to comment……….
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