While visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an adult education class, a woman stumbled and fell onto Picasso’s The Actor causing a tear in the canvas. The painting was done in 1904 when Picasso was just 23 years old and is considered one of the most important works in the museum. It’s from Picasso’s rose period. Few paintings from that era survived and its size—4 feet by 6 feet—make it one of the biggest.
Dealers estimate its value at $100 million.
If I was visiting the Met and saw a woman fall onto a $100 million painting and rip it, I think I might wet myself laughing.
In 2006, Las Vegas casino impresario Steve Wynn was showing off his Picasso and accidentally poked a hole in it with his elbow. It was expertly repaired and it is said that if you didn’t know where to look, you’d never know it was damaged. Ironically Wynn’s Picasso has actually increased in value because of the story now attached to it.