Casino magnate Steve Wynn acquired Picasso’s painting La Reve for $139 million. Then, while showing off the valuable work at his Las Vegas Hotel, he punched a hole in it with his elbow.
Can you imagine? When I told Karsten (who is, as you may know, a visual artist), his jaw dropped, he shook his head, and then pointed out that there so many levels of absurdity in that. First: the concept that a piece of stretched canvas with oil paint on it is worth $139 million. And then… oops? He asked if Wynn was drunk or anything. And no, as a matter of fact, I dug around and found this account from Nora Ephron on huffingtonpost.com:
Steve Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision, but he could see quite clearly what had happened.
Again, I ask: can you imagine? Yikes.
She also admits to having had a burning desire to take a picture, but showed the sensitivity and discretion not to:
At the same time I was holding my digital camera in my hand – I’d just taken several pictures of the Picasso – and I wanted to take a picture of the Picasso with the hole in it so badly that my camera was literally quivering. But I didn’t see how I could take a picture – it seemed to me I’d witnessed a tragedy, and what’s more, that my flash would go off if I did and give me away.
Wow. I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine being the one to witness it, let alone being the one to damage it. It hurts my brain just thinking of it.
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