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Man jailed 2 years for defacing Rothko painting in Tate Modern

Published on Dec 13, 2012 10:54 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A Polish man was jailed for two years by a British court on Thursday for scrawling his signature on a painting by Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern gallery.

Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, stepped over a wire in front of Rothko's Black on Maroon in October and wrote "Vladimir Umanets '12 A potential piece of yellowism" on the canvas.

Umaniec, who has lived in Britain for three years and promotes an artistic movement called yellowism, admitted criminal damage.

Estimates suggest the restoration of the painting will cost around 200,000 pounds (S$393,000).

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