Oops, I ruined a Masterpiece

reviewjournal.com — News – NORM: Wynn accidentally damages Picasso

Note to self: If I ever purchase a $139 million Picasso painting (unlikely) and I talk with my hands and gesture clumsily (more likely), be sure to “error proof” my environment so I don’t accidentally poke a hole in my new painting.

Vegas hotel/casino legend Steve Wynn did the following:

In an accident witnessed by a group that included Barbara Walters and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi, Wynn accidentally poked a hole in Picasso’s 74-year-old painting, “Le Reve,” French for “The Dream.”

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A day earlier, Wynn had finalized a record $139 million deal for the painting of Picasso’s mistress, Wynn told The New Yorker magazine

The accident occurred as a gesturing Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that affects peripheral vision, struck the painting with his right elbow, leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar in the left forearm of Marie-Theresa Walter, Picasso’s 21-year-old mistress.

“Oh shit look what I’ve done,” Wynn said, according to Ephron, who gave her account in a blog published on Monday.

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Oh shit, indeed!

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  1. Tom Ehrenfeld says

    Oh yeah I just hate when that kind of thing happens. You know, just the other day one of my kids shot the air hockey puck right through the $80 million Van Gogh in the game room. And then there was that unfortunate incident with the lawn dart and the Seurat….

  2. JB says

    Few posts or comments make me laugh out loud, but these did!

    Thanks for the chuckle guys!

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