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Toddler knocks over £45,000 fly sculpture knocking off its wings at Swiss art show leaving the child’s mother ‘close to tears’

  • Three-year-old girl knocked over a £45,000 fly sculpture at a Swiss art gallery
  • She reportedly bumped into the piece called ‘Fliege’ and knocked it from a plinth
  • Wings of the piece were reportedly knocked off but the gallery then backtracked
  • Her mother was ‘close to tears’ after the model was left upside down on the floor

A toddler pushed over a £45,000 sculpture of a fly and knocked its wings off, leaving the child’s mother ‘close to tears’.

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The three-year-old girl allegedly knocked over the plastic piece called Fliege, or Fly, and it fell from a plinth onto the floor.

It was being exhibited at the US gallery, Matthew Marks, as part of the Art Basel fair in Switzerland last week.

The toddler was said to be wandering through the booth of the gallery when she accidentally bumped into plastic model while reaching out of her buggy for the fly, according to Swiss news agency NAU. 

A toddler knocked over the sculpture called Fliege, or Fly, at a modern art fair in Basel, Switzerland, reportedly leaving her mother 'close to tears'

A toddler knocked over the sculpture called Fliege, or Fly, at a modern art fair in Basel, Switzerland, reportedly leaving her mother ‘close to tears’ 

Pictures in the German media showed the sculpture lying upside down on the floor.

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Mother and daughter were admiring the fly sculpture by German artist Katharina Fritsch when the accident happened, according to local media. 

Swiss media said the mother was left ‘close to tears’ and an Art Basel spokeswoman acknowledged the incident during which its plastic white wings fell off. 

But after saying the piece was destroyed, an official from the fair then claimed it was not damaged, according to Spiegel Online.

Visitors arrive at Art Basel, the world's premier modern and contemporary art fair, in Basel, which is has been running this month

Visitors arrive at Art Basel, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, in Basel, which is has been running this month 

A spokeswoman for Art Basel later said that while the fair is ‘aware of the incident’ it was ‘informed by the gallery that the work was not damaged’.

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They then declined to share more detail on the incident at the request of the gallery, the Art Newspaper reported.

This year’s art fair has hosted numerous international artists, including Sigmar Polke and Mark Bradford who have each made around £8million in sales each. 

A Gerhard Ritcher painting fetched double that. 

Art Basel has had shows in Miami Beach and Hong Kong as well as Basel.

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