Pablo Picasso painting pulled from auction after being 'accidentally damaged'

В США повредили картину Пикассо за 70 миллионов долларов

В США повредили картину Пикассо за 70 миллионов долларов

In NY, the auction took a self-portrait of Pablo Picasso "the Sailor" for the objective of restoration of the canvas.

Picasso's 1943 work Le Marin, which was valued at $70 million (about £52 million), was withdrawn from last night's auction at Christie's in NY after what the auction house described as an accident on Friday.

The masterpiece, which belongs to former casino mogul Steve Wynn, was expected to fetch a whopping $70 million in Tuesday's auction.

Christie's said, "The painting has been withdrawn from the sale to allow the restoration process to begin".

Wynn is said to suffer from a disease that affects his peripheral vision, according to the outlet.

According to Christie's auction house catalogue, "As it would have been clearly understood at that time - the flowers were a come-on, she was actually a prostitute".

Last week Christie's withdrew another Picasso, "Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil", which is also reported to have been owned by Wynn. He accidentally ripped a hole in another Picasso, "Le Reve", when he hit it with his elbow in 2006, but had it successfully refurbished and sold it to hedge fund titan Steve Cohen for $155 million in 2013.

A third piece of art owned by Wynn, Andy Warhol's 1963 "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)", will be offered as planned May 17, Christie's said. The pop culture piece, showing Elvis Presley as a cowboy, is estimated at $30 million.

In January, Wynn was hit by accusations from dozens of people in The Wall Street Journal alleging decades of sexual misconduct.

It's unclear why Wynn is selling his art, but it's unlikely he needs money. He has since sold his stake in Wynn Resorts.

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