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Last Updated: Tuesday January 26 2010 09:10 GMT

Fan damages rare artwork

The Actor by Pablo Picasso

A visitor to an art museum in New York has accidentally added her own touches to work by the famous artist Pablo Picasso.

The woman lost her balance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and fell against one of his paintings, tearing a 15 centimetre hole in it.

Luckily art experts reckon the painting, called The Actor, isn't too badly damaged.

The rip should be repaired in time for an exhibition later this year.