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A spokeswoman for London's Tate Modern gallery said the gallery was "pleased" with today's court decision.
Wlodzimierz Umaniec has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by artist Mark Rothko.
Tate is pleased that the court has recognised the severity of this incident and its consequences when sentencing Wlodzimierz Umaniec to two years in prison.
Gregor McKinley, prosecuting, said:
Sotheby's has given Tate Modern a verbal estimate of pre-damage value of approximately between £5 million to just over £9 million.
The work required to restore this picture will be complex and lengthy.
Complications to this work include the unique painting technique used by the artist and the fact the ink used by Mr Umaniec has permeated the paint layers and the canvas itself.
Mr McKinley said work to restore the painting will take about 20 months and cost "something around £200,000."
Gareth Morgan, defending, said it would take a "significant amount of effort, expert effort at that" to restore the "important, valuable piece of art".
Paintings by Russian-born artist Rothko often fetch tens of millions of pounds.
Judge Roger Chapple, at Inner London Crown Court, told Umaniec: "Your actions on the 7th of October of this year were entirely deliberate, planned and intentional."
He said it was "abundantly clear" that Umaniec was "plainly an intelligent man" and told the court he had described Rothko as a "great painter" in a letter he had written to him.
The judge also said the incident had led to galleries reviewing security arrangements at a cost to themselves and the taxpayer.
"The effects of such security reviews is to distance the public from the works of art they come to enjoy," he said.
A man has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by artist Mark Rothko.
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, defaced the mural, worth in the region of £5 million to £9 million, at London's Tate Modern gallery on 7th October this year.
Umaniec, a Polish national living in Worthing, West Sussex, admitted criminal damage to the value of in excess of £5,000 - but estimates suggest the restoration of the painting will cost around £200,000.
A man accused of criminal damage after a Mark Rothko painting was defaced at London's Tate Modern gallery has been remanded in custody until October 16
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court via video-link today accused of damaging the famous painting, worth in the region of £50 million.
The court heard that Umaniec, a Polish national, will deny the charges.
He spoke only to confirm his personal details and provided a friend's address.