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Wynn accidentally damages Picasso
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 10/17/06

Posted on 10/17/2006 9:01:12 PM PDT by verum ago

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: accidentshappen; lareve; oops; picasso; picassoholepoking; wynn
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1 posted on 10/17/2006 9:01:13 PM PDT by verum ago
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To: verum ago

2076th reason for Duct Tape.


2 posted on 10/17/2006 9:03:29 PM PDT by uptoolate (Their 'innocent' civilian is their next suicide bomber)
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To: verum ago

Oooh. :(


3 posted on 10/17/2006 9:04:04 PM PDT by Generic_Login_1787
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To: verum ago
"Wynn accidentally damages Picasso."

How can they tell?

4 posted on 10/17/2006 9:05:45 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: uptoolate

Yeah. It's old. It will add character. I would up the price.


5 posted on 10/17/2006 9:06:03 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: verum ago
No sh!t! :>(

"Oh shit, look what I've done," Wynn said,

6 posted on 10/17/2006 9:06:32 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: verum ago

Posted already

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1720943/posts


7 posted on 10/17/2006 9:07:37 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: verum ago
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8 posted on 10/17/2006 9:07:38 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: verum ago

That's gonna leave a mark.


9 posted on 10/17/2006 9:07:54 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: verum ago

Hang it over the mantle and put a vase in front of it.


10 posted on 10/17/2006 9:07:55 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: JCEccles
Fractured skull?
11 posted on 10/17/2006 9:08:25 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: verum ago
Bad news lately, I also thought I heard Barry Manilow kind of had troubles with his hip replacements as well that required a little further surgery.


12 posted on 10/17/2006 9:08:31 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: verum ago

As someone who thinks that paying more than $100 for a work of art is absurd, I find this story hilarious.


13 posted on 10/17/2006 9:08:38 PM PDT by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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To: verum ago
I have seen some Picasso paintings. Who could tell if one was screwed up?

I think a blob of duct tape would go unnoticed.
14 posted on 10/17/2006 9:09:35 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: JCEccles

Now I remember why I've never been a big Picasso fan.


15 posted on 10/17/2006 9:10:08 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: verum ago

Wouldn't be surprised if it's now worth more!


16 posted on 10/17/2006 9:10:11 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: verum ago

"Wynn accidentally damages Picasso"

Picasso died over 30 years ago - how much more damage could Wynn have possibly done him?


17 posted on 10/17/2006 9:10:23 PM PDT by decal (Building a wall on the border is like treating lung cancer with cough syrup.)
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To: verum ago
The image of Peter Sellers popped into my mind:


18 posted on 10/17/2006 9:11:05 PM PDT by capt. norm (Liberalism = cowardice disguised as tolerance.)
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To: verum ago

So what. It is garbage anyway. Picasso is just another artist too lazy to get a real job. They fool people with their absurd kindergarten artwork. Now if it were a Remmington or Russel, that would be another story.


19 posted on 10/17/2006 9:11:30 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: uptoolate

I knew a guy once who picked up a painting for the boss which wasn't quite dry and got damaged in transport. He fixed it with some ink from the print shop. The boss never knew the difference.


20 posted on 10/17/2006 9:12:09 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: verum ago

Dumb Ass


21 posted on 10/17/2006 9:12:33 PM PDT by GlennLivett (Insula est scelestus interficio monastica quod Mohammed est abbas of totus monachus quod volutabrum.)
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To: JCEccles
Is that picture in #8 it?

Why is a pud growing out of her neck?
22 posted on 10/17/2006 9:13:33 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: verum ago
"Oh shit, look what I've done," Wynn said, according to Ephron, who gave her account in a blog published on Monday.

Serves him right for trying to impress liberal twits like Barbara Walters and Nora Ephron. Judging from Ephron's work, she wouldn't know art if it bit her in the ass. I talked to the three people that saw her remake of Bewitched and they couldn't wait to get out of the theater.

23 posted on 10/17/2006 9:14:55 PM PDT by blake6900 (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: Panerai
Posted already

In the words of Wynn: "Oh shit!"
24 posted on 10/17/2006 9:16:08 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: Proud2BeRight
Picasso is just another artist too lazy to get a real job.

Some of his earlier work is tolerable, if uninspired. The vast majority of it, though, is way overrated. By contrast, I don't know if there's a single Bouguereau painting I've seen that I haven't at least reasonably liked, and many of them I just adore.

25 posted on 10/17/2006 9:16:23 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: blake6900

I went. Took a week to get the smell off.


26 posted on 10/17/2006 9:20:24 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: verum ago

I love to hear the cretin morons pronounce themselves superior for disdaining the art.

It's a beautiful piece, even if the cultural cretins pretend they don't understand it.


27 posted on 10/17/2006 9:21:46 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: supercat

"Some of his earlier work is tolerable, if uninspired. The vast majority of it, though, is way overrated. By contrast, I don't know if there's a single Bouguereau painting I've seen that I haven't at least reasonably liked, and many of them I just adore."
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I recall a show of Picasso's formative years from childhood to age 25 that was damn fascinating. Alas, he peaked too soon, after Le Demioselles d'Auvignon it was all downhill from there.

Funny how Bouguereau has made such a comeback. He dominated the French Academy to an unhealthy extent in his day. The smart set spent nearly a century bad-mouthing him and everything he stood for, but he was always popular amongst us peasants. I do however fault him for posing his models indoors then moving the scene outside. Winslow Homer was notably fanatic about plein air natural light.


28 posted on 10/17/2006 9:24:29 PM PDT by sinanju (s)
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To: supercat

I have to admit, I had to look to see what Bouguereau is after your reply. I am not very artsy fartsy.


30 posted on 10/17/2006 9:28:14 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Beagle8U
Why is a pud growing out of her neck?

Oh my gosh, that is the funniest thing I've read this week!! Still laughing.

32 posted on 10/17/2006 9:34:14 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier
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To: Proud2BeRight
Listen, Proud2BeRight, you miss what which is worthwhile.

Most works of Picasso are of genius.


Instead, poke your proud finger at the silly mass numbered screen works of the American "camp genius" Andy Warhol.

Then join a most gullible group.
33 posted on 10/17/2006 9:35:13 PM PDT by the final gentleman
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To: Beagle8U
What do you think she's dreaming about???? Hint: It ain't flowers!!
34 posted on 10/17/2006 9:37:58 PM PDT by Othniel (Mohammad: False Prophet and Smeghead Deluxe....)
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To: The Citizen Soldier
I wasn't trying to be cute, thats what I saw!

When I first looked at it I only saw one eye on her tipped back head, and...well...a pud growing out of her neck.
36 posted on 10/17/2006 9:41:01 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: the final gentleman

I get to see the Picasso monstrosity in downtown Chicago and realize the guy was playing a joke on the city. Sorry, I am very analytical and have no appreciation for that kind of stuff. A Russell or Remmington is art to me. Picaso is kindergarten scribbling.


37 posted on 10/17/2006 9:46:14 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: verum ago

CALLING MR. BEAN


38 posted on 10/17/2006 9:52:08 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: verum ago

You break it, you buy it.


39 posted on 10/17/2006 9:53:13 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Proud2BeRight
I have to admit, I had to look to see what Bouguereau is after your reply. I am not very artsy fartsy.

The Art Renewal Center has many paintings by centuries' worth of great artists, including some works produced in the last year.

40 posted on 10/17/2006 10:03:26 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: machogirl
CALLING MR. BEAN

I wonder if Rowan Atkinson did the improved face on Whistler's Mother by himself.

41 posted on 10/17/2006 10:06:17 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: supercat

Thanks. I will look through that site you posted. I have to admit though that I would enjoy a classic car show, an NFL game or even a good technologies discussion a lot more than an art museum.


42 posted on 10/17/2006 10:13:08 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: supercat

Modern art is trash (excepting Dali, but that is my peculiar fancy). Modern music (art song) is trash. Modern theatre, so far as I am conversant with it, is trash. Anyone who would pay more than a day's wages for any of it (including Dali) is a fool


43 posted on 10/17/2006 10:22:17 PM PDT by phelanw
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To: sinanju
I do however fault him for posing his models indoors then moving the scene outside.

I didn't mean to imply he was beyond criticism. And my praise was perhaps a bit too strong: I looked through some of his works again and there are some I don't particularly care for. But then again, very few people can produce very many great works of significance in any field without an occasional work that isn't so great. And even the works of Bouguereau that I don't particularly like aren't really bad--I just don't like them.

Sometimes Bouguereau's lighting isn't perfect, though it can be hard to tell looking at a computer picture of a hundred-year-old painting what the real thing looked like when painted. Looking through a bunch of his paintings, the lighting isn't consistently better on indoor poses than outdoor ones; there are some lighting miscues on both. Nonetheless, there is something about many of his paintings that is simply indescribably marvelous.

44 posted on 10/17/2006 10:39:05 PM PDT by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: supercat
I wonder if Rowan Atkinson did the improved face on Whistler's Mother by himself.

Beat me to it, I was Googling to find the pic of the same...

45 posted on 10/17/2006 10:39:11 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: TASMANIANRED

Put some ice on that.


46 posted on 10/17/2006 10:40:15 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Beagle8U

is a Pud another name for a male private part?

That is remarkable eye work you have.

Also look at the man face down in the blue waters of her breasts.

What was Picasso abstracting about?


47 posted on 10/17/2006 10:42:30 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

"is a Pud another name for a male private part? "

Yes.


48 posted on 10/17/2006 10:46:53 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

I have heard of sh!t for brains, but d!ck for brains? Now, that's a new one!


49 posted on 10/17/2006 10:58:37 PM PDT by xc1427
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To: Carling

"As someone who thinks that paying more than $100 for a work of art is absurd, I find this story hilarious."

I feel sorry for you.


50 posted on 10/17/2006 11:03:30 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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