"The Crying Boy" is a painting by Bruno Amadio (A.K.A. Giovvanni Bragolin) that is supposedly cursed and would cause your house to burn down. The painting became very popular and was mass produced in the 1950s. There are several differing versions of the painting but they are all of crying children.
The Sun (A British Tabloid) reported in 1985 that a firefighter in Yorkshire said that many of these paintings were found among the ashes unscathed.
The BBC Radio Four program had the painting tested and discovered the use of fire repellents in the varnish. It was concluded that the paintings had fallen off the wall with the image facing down and had been protected from the fire in this way.