Cleaning Woman Mistakenly Throws Away Over $13,000 In Artwork

A cleaning woman in southern Italy unwittingly threw away contemporary artwork that was supposed to be part of an exhibition. Lorenzo Roca, head of the cleaning company Chiarissima, said the woman was just doing her job when she thought two pieces of artwork were part of the trash left behind by those setting up for the show. Security noticed that a number of items were missing when the venue opened. It was later determined that the cleaning woman had handed them over to the sanitation department. Show organizers said that one of the works included pieces of cookies, which were scattered on the floor as part of an artistic arrangement. Roca said the cleaning company would use its insurance coverage to pay for the trashed artwork, whose value was estimated to be $13,700.