Denver Art Museum says nearly everything broken in vandalism spree can be repaired, downgrades damage estimate

Virtually every one of the artifacts ruined in a vandalism spree a month could be repaired, Denver Art Museum officials said Tuesday since they downgraded their initial loss estimate from almost $2 million to less than $100,000.

Denver District Attorney's OfficeJake Siebenlist

Jake Siebenlist was arrested Dec. 9 on suspicion of felony criminal mischief in the sum of $1 million or more later allegedly damaging centuries-old artifacts from China along with the Mayan culture  that were a part of this museum’s “Stampede: Animals in Art” exhibit.

A Denver Art Museum representative told police in the time that the settlement were valued at almost $1.93 million and likely would rise with additional evaluation, as per a Denver police probable cause statement.

Museum agents on three or more events, including on Monday, declined to set a price tag on the harms when asked by The Denver Post, citing ongoing evaluations.

However, after the Post released a narrative citing the museum’s quote to authorities , spokeswoman Jena Pruett stated that dollar figure no more was correct.

“The exact value range prices less than $100,000 according to the determination that almost all objects could be repaired through conservation actions,” Pruett stated in an email Tuesday. “The initial quote was calculated immediately after the incident depending on the value of these items, since the museum’s conservation group had not yet assessed the items or developed repair programs. ”

Pruett stated a 19th century vase from China cannot be adjusted.

Although he was arrested on a more serious count, Siebenlist currently faces a charge of felony criminal mischief about allegations of damaging museum property between $20,000 and $100,000, as shown by a criminal court filing.

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