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Punt PI tries to burn 'cursed' Crying Boy painting

Steve Punt attempts to burn the notoriously inflammable Crying Boy painting.

In the 80s the hugely popular Crying Boy paintings became a tabloid sensation when they seemed to repeatedly emerge from house fires completely unscathed. This led to widespread speculation that the painting was jinxed and actually causing the fires.

In Radio 4's Punt PI, Steve Punt investigates the supposed curse of the Crying Boy. With the aid of Martin Shipp of the Building Research Establishment, he sets fire to one of the paintings in order to see whether it really won't burn...

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2 minutes