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NORM: Wynn accidentally damages Picasso
Reviewjournal.com ^ | Oct. 17, 2006 | Norm Clarke

Posted on 10/17/2006 9:34:51 AM PDT by Abathar

Pablo Picasso's "dream" painting has turned into a $139 million nightmare for Steve Wynn.

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.

Wynn paid $48.4 million for the Picasso in 1997 and had agreed to sell it to art collector Steven Cohen. The $139 million would have been $4 million higher than the previous high for a work of art, according to The New Yorker.

Cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder paid $135 million in July for Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I."

Wynn plans to restore "Le Reve" and keep it.


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1 posted on 10/17/2006 9:34:53 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

Yeah, the horror.


2 posted on 10/17/2006 9:36:04 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Abathar

As Homer Simpson would say...

DOOOOOHHHHH!


3 posted on 10/17/2006 9:36:53 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Abathar

Yeah, I remember ruining a painting the same way that Wynn did... only mine was "Dogs Playing Poker".


4 posted on 10/17/2006 9:37:20 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: Abathar

you break it you buy it


5 posted on 10/17/2006 9:37:28 AM PDT by al baby
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To: Abathar

LOL!


6 posted on 10/17/2006 9:37:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("And now ... let the Wild Rumpus start!")
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To: Abathar

7 posted on 10/17/2006 9:37:45 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Abathar

Sounds like more of a nightmare than a dream


8 posted on 10/17/2006 9:38:12 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Abathar

Libs just blazing the trail so their moslem overlords won't have to destroy all decadent western art when they've taken over.


9 posted on 10/17/2006 9:38:19 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Abathar

Assuming the canvas can be properly repaired, and it sounds like it can be, I doubt this will impact the value at all. But, I bet the guy had to go throw up after he realized what he'd done, lol.


10 posted on 10/17/2006 9:38:50 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Quilla

I'm having more than a little trouble getting worked up over damage to that.


11 posted on 10/17/2006 9:39:07 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Abathar


Klutz.


12 posted on 10/17/2006 9:39:21 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Abathar

It's Bush's fault...


13 posted on 10/17/2006 9:39:29 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Quilla

That's a Picasso all right.


14 posted on 10/17/2006 9:39:53 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
Cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder paid $135 million in July for Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I."

Trendy Man: Mr. Melon, your wife was just showing us her Klimt.
Thornton Melon: You too, huh? She's shown it to everybody.
Trendy Man: Well, she's very proud of it.
Thornton Melon: I'm proud of mine too. I don't go waving it around at parties, though.
Trendy Man: It's an exceptional painting.
Thornton Melon: Oh, the painting.

15 posted on 10/17/2006 9:41:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abathar

16 posted on 10/17/2006 9:41:11 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Abathar

Let this be a lesson to all of us that are ready to drop $139 million on a painting.


17 posted on 10/17/2006 9:41:44 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: RegulatorCountry

When he owned the Bellagio in Las Vegas, wifey and I took the tour of his multi-million dollar art gallery....there were all sorts of security devices, and if you'd lean over the velvet rope, like I did to get a closer glimpse of a small picture, a guard would quickly whisper you away.


18 posted on 10/17/2006 9:41:58 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Abathar

I saw him last time we stayed at Wynn Las Vegas. He has a very large bodyguard and as people began to notice him you could hear the buzz, "Steve Wynn, Steve Wynn", being whispered along the big corridor. He wasn't carrying a Picasso at the time.


19 posted on 10/17/2006 9:42:08 AM PDT by pbear8 (Hey Muslims, listen to B-16 he's telling the truth)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yep, considering he had it sold for more than any other painting to date, his butt is probably sore from kicking himself.


20 posted on 10/17/2006 9:42:33 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
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21 posted on 10/17/2006 9:42:51 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX (Bible Thumper and Proud!))
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


22 posted on 10/17/2006 9:43:10 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: ArrogantBustard
None of Picasso's works blow my skirt up - maybe I'm simply pointing out how uncouth I really am. ;-)
23 posted on 10/17/2006 9:44:01 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Quilla

It's because he was first, now most any high school art class has about the same thing hanging on all the walls. Compared to the Mona Lisa he comes up far short.


24 posted on 10/17/2006 9:46:06 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: theDentist
Guess I would make a poor art connoisseur......I don't like it.
25 posted on 10/17/2006 9:46:30 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Quilla

Nah. It's just a tribute to his ego to be thrilled by a piece of canvas with some paint on it.


26 posted on 10/17/2006 9:46:43 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Quilla

If it's BS, call it BS. The trendy and the pseudo-sophisticated can gush all they like over BS, but it still stinks.


27 posted on 10/17/2006 9:47:35 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: theDentist

What is that sticking out of her chin? Was Picasso a congressional page?


28 posted on 10/17/2006 9:49:02 AM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid. It's also WWIV.)
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To: Abathar
"Oh shit, look what I've done,"

HA HA

29 posted on 10/17/2006 9:49:04 AM PDT by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Abathar
Reminds me of a show I saw on the toob of a guy showing an original clay recording(round tube shaped) the poor fellow had the shakes or something and grabbed to hard and it crushed. He was visibly devastated.
30 posted on 10/17/2006 9:49:05 AM PDT by lakeman (when a marine kills the only thing he feels is the recoil of his rifle)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Your right, unless you find one at a garage sale for $20. Then they have the greatest sense of worth in the world....


31 posted on 10/17/2006 9:50:18 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Quilla
Hey .. I remember her ... on a rooftop on Beacon Hill .. Murhy St., I think .. a beautiful, balmy summer evening/morning (who really knew through all the acid .. ) we ..

What?
1932?
Oh ... no .... I was thinking more like 1968 or 9.

Never mind.

32 posted on 10/17/2006 9:50:19 AM PDT by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: martin_fierro
The reaction?


33 posted on 10/17/2006 9:50:56 AM PDT by Toby06
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To: Delta 21

damnit.


34 posted on 10/17/2006 9:51:34 AM PDT by Toby06
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To: tioga

We all have our tastes... I think it's pretty cool...


35 posted on 10/17/2006 9:52:39 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: lakeman

Wynn can blame the Francoists.


36 posted on 10/17/2006 9:52:43 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Abathar
The new 'Le Reve' :


37 posted on 10/17/2006 9:52:49 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

My little 3 year old boy, years ago, accidentally sat on a chair at the Toledo Museum of Art that was a replica of a medieval lord's chair or something. It wasn't roped off so he plopped right on it and said "Hi Mommy!".

With the look that the museum guard gave me you would think we had stolen the "Mona Lisa" (which wasn't there anyway)or carted off the Egyptian Mummy (which was).

I especially hate going into the glass museum where the glass sculpters or whatever are out on the floor as opposed to behind cases. I walk with my arms straight at my side and dip in and out of passersbys. It is quite comical.

Sigh...sometime it is easier to just view art in a book!


38 posted on 10/17/2006 9:52:52 AM PDT by bunches (Irish people enjoy whimsical humor)
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To: Delta 21

Good one, Delta 21 .. Good one !


39 posted on 10/17/2006 9:55:09 AM PDT by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: Abathar

Cue the scene from Mr. Bean's film ...


40 posted on 10/17/2006 9:59:24 AM PDT by ikka
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To: theDentist

It is indeed. I had the pleasure of seeing it in its former owners home, where it had been for decades. As with so many works, repro's never do it justice.


41 posted on 10/17/2006 10:33:43 AM PDT by whatexit
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To: Abathar
Picasso is probably one of the greatest artist in the last century. He could paint in any style...this is an example of his painting when he was about 15 or 16 years of age . Notice the shading and color in the background that adds depth to the portrait... the kid was real real talented. He just got tired of the impressionistic style...looked around and basically found his own style...

Please don't think that he was "made" ..... the guy could flat out paint, sketch draw and create....

he was bred like Tiger Woods to be a great artist, but was also a shrewd businessman and took the styles of many types to develop what is the Picasso type he is famous for. He was an artist...no more no less... As for the kiddie style that is a matter of interpretation... It's a lot harder than it seems. I think..

42 posted on 10/17/2006 10:45:56 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: theDentist

Holy crap! How on earth did he manage to screw that painting up like that with just an elbow poke?

43 posted on 10/17/2006 11:11:50 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Dick Vomer
Picasso is probably one of the greatest artist in the last century.

Fine. But why did he pick a Mistress with a penis growing out of her chin?

44 posted on 10/17/2006 11:44:52 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Liberals would let Mark Foley be a Boy Scout leader.)
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To: Dick Vomer

Have seen his pencil drawing. As perfect as one could imagine. An excellent draftsman, which is the main prerequisite to being a great artist. Got to be able to execute.


45 posted on 10/17/2006 11:51:12 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: CarrotAndStick

That is so %*#$% funny I am glad I was not drinking something at the time.


46 posted on 10/17/2006 1:40:14 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Vote for the Democrats? - the party of Studds and Frank - the new family values party?)
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To: bunches

I did the same with the famous statue of the ballerina. I just had to touch the dress. The guard was polite. He said if everyone did what I did, there would be no dress left.


47 posted on 10/17/2006 1:41:24 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Vote for the Democrats? - the party of Studds and Frank - the new family values party?)
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To: CarrotAndStick

ROTFL!!!!!Perfection!


48 posted on 10/17/2006 4:28:27 PM PDT by leilani (Dimmi, dimmi se mai fu fatta cosa alcuna!)
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To: Abathar
"But that was a priceless Picasso!"

"Not anymore."

49 posted on 10/17/2006 4:30:27 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Abathar

A little duct tape on the back, and it will be as good as new.


50 posted on 10/17/2006 5:36:28 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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