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
27
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
24
No
6
11
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.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
22
No
0
10
JesusIsMyZoloft
I wouldn't be surprised if this was the film that inspired this category.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
22
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 • 1997 Report
Yes
18
No
0
5
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
17
No
0
0
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
16
No
5
4
andyping24
Artifacts are frequently stolen, broken, or lost. A few times those that are expensive.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
15
No
2
Video Game Report
Yes
13
No
0
2
AbigaelMezec
Yes. There's a guy named Gale, and he eats them.
Yes
13
No
0
4
At the end it is mentioned that the Philosopher's Stone will be 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.
TV Show • 2020 Report
Yes
11
No
0
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
11
No
0
Movie • 1989 Report
Yes
10
No
1
4
jdpamv
The Holy Grail is destroyed along with its temple.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
10
No
0
2
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 • 1999 Report
Yes
10
No
0
6
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.
Video Game • 2023 Report
Yes
9
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.
Video Game • 2011 Report
Yes
9
No
0
2
qoheleth
A shintai (sacred object kept within a Shinto shrine) is deliberately shattered. An expensive vase is accidentally broken. A collection of rare books is destroyed as collateral damage in an explosion.
Movie • 2014 Report
Yes
9
No
1
4
dirtshrimp
Kind of? Scarlett breaks through a wall that was going to be destroyed anyway, and arguably parts of the catacombs end up destroyed but it was via collapses or cave ins
Anime • 2012 Report
Yes
9
No
0
2
hqbed
if the stone masks count as a priceless artifact, then yes.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
9
No
0
2
HoppipHarvest
Sometimes, entire ancient Gem locations are destroyed.
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
9
No
3
2
Anonymous
S3
 E3
A man eats a one of a kind painting
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
9
No
1
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
8
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
8
No
0
1
A painting by Hitler is burned in Pop-Pop: The Final Solution.

An old vase is destroyed in The Gang Gets Trapped.
Yes
8
No
1
3
jdpamv
Two magical Sivalinga are dropped in a river of crocodiles and not found again.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
8
No
0
3
charmedward
S1
 E1
A magical item given to a child by their godly parent is destroyed. The child screams in anger.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
8
No
4
2
Sid
A pyramid gets hit by cannons and Napoleon disturbs a mummy in its coffin
Video Game • 2011 Report
Yes
7
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.