Steve Wynn, hotel casino magnate, was showing one of his paintings, Picasso's La Reve, to some friends and managed to poke a hole in it with his elbow. He had agreed to a selling price of $139-million only a couple of weeks beforehand and had just, with one badly orchestrated gesture, killed the deal.
Remember Kevin Nealon's Mr. No-Depth Perception from SNL? Steve Wynn reportedly suffers from something resembling that. It's actually called Retinitis Pigmentosa. My eye doctor tells me that I have a similar affliction, which is why I don't go around buying Picasso paintings. The risk is just not worth it to me.
Surely we've all unintentionally damaged something of value. What's your favorite "oops" moment?
Punctured Picasso could still pay off - Chris Lackner Surprising, but it makes sense.
A $139-Million Tear - Rob Long A great piece on Steve Wynn comparing this recent tear with the mini-bars in Mr. Wynn's hotel rooms.