Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: Expert (Woman trips & rips painting)
NBC New York ^ | 2/26/10 | CAITLIN MILLAT

Posted on 01/26/2010 6:05:17 PM PST by Libloather

Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: Expert
By CAITLIN MILLAT
Updated 4:30 PM EST, Tue, Jan 26, 2010

This may be the most expensive stumble ever.

A Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor who lost her balance and tore a hole in a Picasso work Monday slashed the painting's $130 million value in half, an expert told the New York Post.

The 6-inch tear in Picasso's "The Actor" happened after a woman stumbled into the Met work, leaving it with a mark that could mean the painting could never be restored to its original condition, appraiser Gerard van Weyenbergh said.

"It's a 50 percent loss of the value -- at least," said van Weyenbergh.

"When an artwork comes up in auction, that's the first thing people want to know -- were there any repaints or restorations," the expert told the Post.

The six-foot by four-foot painting was hanging on the second floor when the woman fell, leaving the half-foot gash in the lower right-hand corner of the painting.

The "small hole" could mean that avid collectors -- van Weyenberg cited Steven Spielberg as one -- won't be interested in the tainted work, according to the art expert.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: art; met; museum; ny; oops; painting; picasso

1 posted on 01/26/2010 6:05:21 PM PST by Libloather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Sorry, but I think the painting is horrible, though it’s better than his other works.


2 posted on 01/26/2010 6:07:59 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Too bad, it was from his figurative period.

What makes him think collectors wouldn’t want to buy
it.....at a discount.


3 posted on 01/26/2010 6:08:16 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

That is only worth 65 Million ?


4 posted on 01/26/2010 6:09:08 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

I don’t see why, since the amount of Picasso works are limited and finite. If you love an artist, well, what’s a canvas repair? Still his work. If it were a Van Gogh I’d take it at full price if I could afford full price, (gee it would’ve been nice to buy it from Vinny, for ten bucks...)

Is she responsible?


5 posted on 01/26/2010 6:09:17 PM PST by Beowulf9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather
Take a close look at that painting.

OBAMA as Court Jester!

6 posted on 01/26/2010 6:09:31 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

hate when that happens


7 posted on 01/26/2010 6:11:11 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

What are the tax write-off or insurance benefits from this little “accident”?

And for whom?


8 posted on 01/26/2010 6:12:47 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Doogle
she should sue the MET for $65 million saying she threw out her back tripping
9 posted on 01/26/2010 6:12:53 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

BTW, to paraphrase Mark Twain, Picasso's painting is much better than it looks!

Cheers!

10 posted on 01/26/2010 6:13:27 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather
avid collectors -- van Weyenberg cited Steven Spielberg as one -- won't be interested in the tainted work

TREMENDOUS irony there, stating that Steven Spielberg won't be interested in owning a tainted artwork.

11 posted on 01/26/2010 6:13:34 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (We have the 1st so that we can call on people to rebel. We have 2nd so that they can.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: grey_whiskers
OBAMA as Court Jester!

LOL! I do believe you're right!

12 posted on 01/26/2010 6:13:59 PM PST by mplsconservative (0bama = Epic Fail)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Libloather
I hope she noticed the little sign:


YOU BREAK IT

YOU BUY IT

13 posted on 01/26/2010 6:14:04 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Could she be related to this guy?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1971224/posts


14 posted on 01/26/2010 6:14:49 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

I would have thought they would have taken better care of it. I’m surprised a $65 million work of art is displayed in such a way that anyone can get to the surface of it.


15 posted on 01/26/2010 6:19:27 PM PST by jwparkerjr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather
I don't see any hole in it.

All seriousness aside, why the hell would they display a fragile $65 million piece in the open, and not protected by a transparent shield?

If she was a serious bidder, she should buy the painting. If not, she shouldn't have gotten anywhere near it.

16 posted on 01/26/2010 6:22:04 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

"Hey, shit happens, come on!"

17 posted on 01/26/2010 6:24:30 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Talisker
What are the tax write-off or insurance benefits from this little “accident”?

And for whom?


Yeah, that was my first thought, as well. Think about it. Insurance pays you $65 million- and you get to keep the Picasso.
18 posted on 01/26/2010 6:25:27 PM PST by Krankor
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

Why wasn’t a $130 million piece of art protected behind glass or something?


19 posted on 01/26/2010 6:29:37 PM PST by EnquiringMind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EnquiringMind

“Actress” rips “Actor”.....sounds about right!!


20 posted on 01/26/2010 6:33:11 PM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: SevenofNine

21 posted on 01/26/2010 6:38:31 PM PST by monkapotamus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: monkapotamus

Gee that probably why she went crazy she saw that that freaking me out ROFL


22 posted on 01/26/2010 7:08:27 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: monkapotamus

HA-ha!


23 posted on 01/26/2010 7:13:25 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

24 posted on 01/26/2010 7:42:21 PM PST by Slyfox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libloather

I don’t even want to know what the “collectors” think this expression means.


25 posted on 01/26/2010 7:56:32 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: monkapotamus

That is hilarious.


26 posted on 01/26/2010 8:00:23 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: monkapotamus

LMAO....that just dropped the painting’s value to ‘zero’.


27 posted on 01/26/2010 8:05:49 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Well, we didn't get dressed up for nothin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Talisker

I would think not until the painting is actually sold.

The banks keep toxic real estate assets on the books until they’re sold, right?


28 posted on 01/26/2010 8:08:29 PM PST by scrabblehack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: grey_whiskers

Hey, that’s Zapatero...


29 posted on 01/26/2010 8:43:44 PM PST by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: alice_in_bubbaland; Libloather; tet68

Actually, once it’s restored, I doubt that its value is going to be enormously affected. Many great works have suffered damage and been repaired, and it basically enters into their provenance.

That said, however, Picasso was a true genius...when he was about 13. He painted some truly splendid figurative works in his early years that displayed an incredible maturity and depth. And then he went to Paris...


30 posted on 01/26/2010 8:48:39 PM PST by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ROCKLOBSTER
All seriousness aside, why the hell would they display a fragile $65 million piece in the open, and not protected by a transparent shield?

$65 mill is the cost of the damage. Maybe they can set up an easy payment plan for the perp.

31 posted on 01/27/2010 1:44:50 AM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: ROCKLOBSTER
why the hell would they display a fragile $65 million piece in the open, and not protected by a transparent shield?

Zero ain't worth nothin' and he gets a transparent shield.

32 posted on 01/27/2010 8:55:46 AM PST by Slyfox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: monkapotamus

LOL!! Excellent work! Love the dangling cigarette. Came across it while doing a keyword search on “Picasso”.


33 posted on 05/05/2010 10:08:28 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]


34 posted on 05/05/2010 10:10:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson