Is a priceless artifact destroyed?

Browse movies, tv shows, books and more where a priceless artifact is destroyed.
It doesn't belong in a museum, it belongs with the culture it was stolen from, but also it belongs in one piece, not exploded by space robots or shot up by badmen
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TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
36
No
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Anonymous
S1
 E1
SPOILERS - One of the main character’s bookshops burns down, destroying many old and rare books.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
29
No
6
13
Sandphin
Nimona does a lot of damage to the Institute which has statues and old scrolls. The artifacts are of her world and not ours.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
26
No
2
1
TheCassandraComplex
Some of the Ushers procure ancient artifacts (such as ancient Egyptian mummification tools) for their personal collections, which might tie into this trigger. In the last episode, it’s implied some of these items are destroyed when the building is destroyed. It’s not really focused on at all, though.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
24
No
0
13
JesusIsMyZoloft
I wouldn't be surprised if this was the film that inspired this category.
Movie • 2024 Report
Yes
22
No
1
3
Pantalones
A well that is sacred to the Fremen and acts almost like a burial place is destroyed during an attack.
Movie • 1997 Report
Yes
20
No
0
7
TheCassandraComplex
Yes. An extremely valuable and coveted historical item —a rare blue diamond necklace worn by Louis XVI— is tossed into the ocean near the end of the film.

Also, a ship — itself a record-breaking technological marvel in its time, not to mention all the valuables aboard, including one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures— sinks due to hubris and serious lapses in judgement.
Video Game Report
Yes
19
No
0
5
AbigaelMezec
Yes. There's a guy named Gale, and he eats them.
Video Game Report
Yes
19
No
0
1
alexwrites
the discs, which are, arguably, the most important artifacts in the series, are destroyed. other important things are destroyed as well but that's the most notable i think
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
19
No
8
5
andyping24
Artifacts are frequently stolen, broken, or lost. A few times those that are expensive.
Yes
17
No
0
4
At the end it is mentioned that the Philosopher's Stone will be destroyed.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
16
No
2
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
14
No
0
3
AZaySays
S1
 E1
The Northern Air Temple's murals were damaged by the mechanists pipes; it is the central conflict of the episode.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
14
No
4
3
Anonymous
S3
 E3
A man eats a one of a kind painting
TV Show • 2020 Report
Yes
13
No
0
0
iBaganieIuI
Season 1 finale, s3x01

Palismen are destroyed by the antagonist and a portal key/door is destroyed
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
13
No
0
3
HoppipHarvest
Sometimes, entire ancient Gem locations are destroyed.
Yes
12
No
0
2
jdpamv
It's heavily implied that the Antikythera isn't lost or destroyed, but there is a scene when Indy has to knock down shelves of priceless artifacts which audibly shatter to escape from the CIA.
Podcast Report
Yes
12
No
0
3
EclipseFlix
the worst offenders of this are between episodes 78 and 80. 78 sees the destruction of a plot heavy artifact, and 80 has a mention of the destruction of two antique books
TV Show • 1999 Report
Yes
12
No
0
7
Pantalones
In the episode "Atlantis Squarepantis" SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally destroy an ancient relic from Atlantis. They pop "the world's oldest bubble," which was considered museum-worthy in Atlantis.
Movie • 2024 Report
Yes
11
No
0
2
A brass orb family heirloom is destroyed, but there was a deadly god-ghost-thing inside who was trying to escape.
Anime • 2012 Report
Yes
11
No
0
2
hqbed
if the stone masks count as a priceless artifact, then yes.
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
11
No
0
Movie • 1989 Report
Yes
10
No
1
5
jdpamv
The Holy Grail is destroyed along with its temple. Of note that this film is the origin of the “it belongs in a museum” quote that the trigger description condemns. It’s not used to justify colonialism in this specific case, though, it’s used to justify taking a Spanish cross left on American soil from a rich white man who wants it in his private collection
Video Game • 2023 Report
Yes
10
No
1
3
Pantalones
A very large goddess statue is destroyed in the Forgotten Temple. It is shown toppled on the ground. There is a whole quest line to fix it.
Yes
10
No
0
3
candytree
SPOILER!!
The wish scroll is torn into pieces at the end of the movie
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
10
No
1
Video Game • 2011 Report
Yes
9
No
0
2
mrluigiman
You can learn new enchantments by destroying enchanted items you already own, some of these being unique ones given as rewards for quests or looted from enemies and dungeons. Some Daedric Quests allow for artifacts to be destroyed, altered, or sealed away.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
9
No
0
2
Kai1989
A painting of the grey lady is ripped and its described to have been valuable. Alison tries to fix it but does a bad job
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
9
No
0
1
the native american artifact mike stole gets left behind in neibolt as it collapses after its death i believe.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
9
No
0
3
A painting by Hitler is burned in Pop-Pop: The Final Solution.

An old vase is destroyed in The Gang Gets Trapped.
Yes
9
No
1
4
jdpamv
Two magical Sivalinga are dropped in a river of crocodiles and not found again.