Picasso 'accidentally' damaged, withdrawn from sale
NEW YORK - AFP
The 1943 masterpiece called "The Marin" or "The Sailor" had been a highlight of Christie's marquee impressionist and modern evening art sale. According to US media, it belongs to former casino magnate Steve Wynn.
"This is a very, very special Picasso that I've been trying to get forever basically," Loic Gouzer, co-chairman for postwar and contemporary art at Christie's, had told.
Neither would it be Wynn's first Picasso to come a cropper. In 2006, the billionaire accidentally poked an elbow through Picasso's 1932 "Le Reve," while showing it off to guests in Las Vegas. The painting was refurbished and later reportedly sold for $155 million.
In January, Wynn was hit by accusations from dozens of people in The Wall Street Journal alleging decades of sexual misconduct.
The businessman, who is a political ally of President Donald Trump, denied the allegations and accused his ex-wife Elaine of instigating the accusations as part of a "terrible and nasty lawsuit" seeking a revised divorce settlement.
Last week, Christie's sold Pablo Picasso's 1905 "Fillette a la corbeille fleurie" ("Young Girl With a Flower Basket") for $115 million, making it the Spanish master's second most expensive work ever sold at auction.