Las Vegas casino millionaire made what had to be one of the biggest slips in history this week while he was showing off a prized Picasso painting to friends. Steve Wynn was showing off the Picasso painting “Le Reve” (The Dream) before he gave up possession of it in a $139 million sale. Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision, began pointing at the painting to show his friend, Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, something about the painting when suddenly a loud tear was heard that signaled Wynn had poked a silver dollar sized hole in the painting.

The story began its circulation almost immediately beginning on Huffington Post Web site (where Ephron wrote about it in her blog) before it quickly made the rounds in The New Yorker and even got a mention on the television show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”. All accounts of the story are confirmed and all accounts correctly reported that Wynn has let the buyer back out of the deal. He plans on repairing the painting and keeping it for himself.

The painting was done in 1932 by Picasso and depicts his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. Wynn made his fortune in the 1990’s by developing The Mirage and Bellagio resorts in Las Vegas leading the way for a brand new version of the famous Las Vegas strip which was once known as seedy.

U.S. casino magnate gives Picasso’s dream the elbow (Reuters)

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