KlutzLOS ANGELES – Picasso’s famed Le Rêve, “The Dream” painting turned into a nightmare for Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn when he accidentally gave the multimillion dollar canvas an elbow.

Wynn had just finalized a $139 million sale to another collector of his painting, called “Le Reve” (The Dream), when he poked a finger-sized hole in the artwork while showing it to friends at his Las Vegas office a couple of weeks ago.

Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who witnessed and related the incident in her blog on the Huffington Post Web site (www.huffingtonpost.com), said Wynn had raised his hand to show the group something about Picasso’s 1932 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter.

At that moment, his elbow crashed backward right through the canvas. There was a terrible noise, Ephron wrote, noting that Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision.

Smack in the middle of the painting … was a black hole the size of a silver dollar. “Oh s—, he said. “Look what I’ve done.

To read full article, go to Picasso dream painting in nightmare scenario – Peculiar Postings – MSNBC.com

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