Detectives are searching for whoever vandalised Pro Hart’s grave at Broken Hill cemetery.

The painter’s black granite memorial was damaged by a white substance, NSW Police said in a statement on Sunday.

“I can’t even understand what goes on in the mind of someone who wants to do this,” Hart’s son, John Hart, told ABC TV. “Pro loved this town.”

John Hart said it could cost up to $30,000 to repair the granite slab which depicts one of the artist’s well-known dragonfly motifs.

“What’s the guarantee after we fix it that it doesn’t get hit again,” John Hart said.

Hart, who was born in Broken Hill in 1928, died in the mining town in 2006.

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His casket was adorned with a miner’s lamp and helmet and he was remembered at the time as a generous “people’s painter” who died a millionaire but gave away many more millions than he kept.

Investigators want anyone who may have seen something suspicious at the cemetery to contact Broken Hill police.

AAP