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A woman participating in an art class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art lost her balance, fell against a Picasso masterpiece, and caused a 6-inch tear.  Luckily the tear occurred near the lower right hand corner and can be mended, according to the musuem.

The painting is called “The Actor”, marking the shift from Picasso’s blue period to his rose period and was painted in the winter between 1904-1905. It is an unusually large canvas measuring 6ft by 4ft and shows an acrobat planted in front of an abstract background.  It was valued at US$80 million.

The Actor is not the first Picasso to suffer damage as the result of carelessness in recent years. In 2006, Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino mogul, tore Picasso’s “Le Rêve” with his elbow in his office while showing the painting off to friends.  At the time Wynn was reportedly ready to sell the work for US$139 million. After a $90,000 repair, the painting was evaluated to be worth $85 million.  $54 million drop in value – a very costly accident indeed. 

via Luxist & Luxury-Insider

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One Response

  1. kseverny says:

    its sucha crazy but funny incident.
    Poor picasso

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