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Second Wynn Picasso Yanked From Christie's Sale After Mishap

  • Billionaire’s plan upset after $70 million painting is damaged
  • Casino mogul had previously put his elbow through ‘Le Reve’
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Picasso Work Damaged Before Auction

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Steve Wynn’s plan to sell a pair of Picasso paintings for a high estimate of $105 million was derailed after the more expensive of the two was damaged Friday -- a dozen years after the billionaire collector and erstwhile casino magnate put his elbow through another masterpiece by the artist.

“Le Marin,” a 1943 self-portrait, was damaged Friday “during the final stages of preparation” for auction Tuesday and pulled from the block, Christie’s said in a statement. It declined to comment on the nature or extent of the damage. Lin Wood, a spokesman for Wynn, declined to comment.