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Rothko defaced

Mark Rothko's paintings sell for tens of millions of pounds Credit: AP/Press Association Images

Police are hunting for a vandal who walked into the Tate Modern art gallery and defaced a valuable painting by Mark Rothko.

The visitor daubed black paint on "Black on Maroon" during a visit to the gallery yesterday afternoon.

The vandalism to the Rothko painting "Black on Maroon" Credit: Tim Wright/Twitter

Eyewitness Tim Wright posted on Twitter:

"This guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged it. Surreal. We gave a description to the gallery. Very bizarre, he sat there for a while then just went for it and made a quick exit."

Earlier this year, Rothko's Orange, red, yellow was sold for £53.8 million - the highest price ever paid for a piece of post-war art at auction.

The 1961 painting went under the hammer at Christie's in New York.

Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" which sold for £53.8 million earlier this year Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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