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A pensioner filled in a crossword at a museum, only to discover it's art worth €80,000

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A 91-YEAR-OLD woman filled in a crossword at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum earlier this week – only to discover it was a piece of modern art worth €80,000. 

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But she probably can be forgiven for thinking it was there to be filled out: The Telegraph reports that the work, ‘Reading-work-piece’ by Arthur Kopcke, is essentially a blank crossword puzzle.

What’s more, there was a sign next to the piece that reads ‘Insert words’.

The museum director Eva Kraus claims they had to report the incident to the police for insurance reasons – the woman was questioned, and told officers she was just following the instructions.

The lady told us she had taken the notes as an invitation to complete the crossword.

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Kraus says they know the lady did not mean any harm, and the damage would be fairly easy to repair. They plan to put up a sign informing future visitors not to fill the blanks.

The work was given to the museum by a private collector, whom Kraus says is taking the whole thing very well:

We will let the lady know that the collector took the damage to the work in good humour, so she doesn’t have a sleepless night.

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