Oops, I ruined a Masterpiece
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.”
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.
Oh shit, indeed!