View Full Version : $139 Million Picasso Painting Ripped

10-18-2006, 04:19 PM
U.S. casino magnate gives Picasso's dream the elbow :eek: Wed Oct 18, 9:43 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Picasso's famed "Dream" painting turned into a nightmare for Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn when he accidentally gave the multimillion dollar canvas an elbow.

Wynn had just finalized a $139 million sale to another collector of his painting, called "Le Reve" (The Dream), when he poked a finger-sized hole in the artwork while showing it to friends at his Las Vegas office a couple of weeks ago.
Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who witnessed and related the incident in her blog (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/news/nm/od_nm/storytext/picasso1_dc/20645713/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20061016/cm_huffpost/031800) on the Huffington Post Web site (www.huffingtonpost.com) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com)), said Wynn had raised his hand to show the group something about Picasso's 1932 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter.
"At that moment, his elbow crashed backward right through the canvas. There was a terrible noise," Ephron wrote, noting that Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision.
"Smack in the middle ... was a black hole the size of a silver dollar. 'Oh s---,' he said. 'Look what I've done. Thank goodness it was me.'"
Wynn's office on Tuesday confirmed the story, an account of which also appeared in this week's The New Yorker. Both accounts said Wynn had decided to release the buyer from the sale agreement and to repair and keep the painting himself......

10-18-2006, 04:21 PM
I just heard that on the radio. I'd be pissed.

10-18-2006, 04:49 PM

Oh well cant win them all.

10-18-2006, 10:49 PM
Ouch, 139 million down the drain...

King Nate
10-18-2006, 10:58 PM
That's chump change for Wynn.

10-19-2006, 09:27 AM
damn wynn is going to have to stop giving free buffets to pay for it. lol