The painting on the cover: The Dream
Painted in 1932 by Pablo Picasso, The Dream shows Marie-Thérèse Walter's portrait, the painter's mistress.- 130 X 97 cm - Oil painting
It was sold $ 48402500 by auction to Steve Wynn at Christie's, New York, in 1997. Steve Wynn is a billionnaire from Las Vegas who recently had to abandon all hopes for selling the Picasso, after having pierced it with his elbow. The agreement he had just concluded would have made of this painting the most expensive painting in the world. The price agreed was of U.S. $ 139M. The most expensive painting record is held by the Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I painted by Klimt, at the price of $ 135M US. The Huffington Post blog relates that the incident occurred while Wynn was showing the painting dating from 1932 to his guests in his office in Las Vegas. The American scriptwriter, Nora Ephron, is said to have witnessed the scene. Rumour has it that the billionaire suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease of the retina which affects the peripheral vision.
JOURNAL D'UN SEIN - Béatrice Maillard-Chaulin
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