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What's the world's clumsiest and goofiest thing to do?
No doubt, the list of candidates is endless. But if you're billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn, your nominee would have occurred on or about Sept. 30, 2006. That's when some famous friends of his, including broadcaster Barbara Walters and the writer Nora Ephron, were visiting Mr. Wynn in his Las Vegas office. Mr. Wynn, a noted art collector, took the opportunity to show off one of his most treasured possessionsa 1932 portrait of Picasso's mistress, Marie-Therese Walter, entitled "Le Reve" ("The Dream").
The erotic painting is notable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the head of Marie-Therese is divided into two sections, one of which is a penis. This aside, the portrait was also among the most valuable works of art in the world. Just a day before receiving his visitors, Mr. Wynn had agreed to sell the painting to another billionaire, hedge fund executive Steven Cohen, for the whopping sum of $139 million.
But just as Mr. Wynn was showing off the portrait to his friends, he gestured with his right handand put his elbow right through the painting...