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Where In The World Is Pablo Picasso’s Penis?

from The Daily Mail

Hedge fund billionaire buys Picasso’s Le Rêve for $155m – $16m MORE than the price he agreed on before previous owner tore a hole in it with his elbow

By RACHEL QUIGLEY

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad regains title as Heavyweight Champion of the art market.

A billionaire hedge fund manager bought Picasso’s Le Rêve for $155million – t$16million more than he first agreed to pay right before its previous owner tore a hole in it with his elbow.

Steven A. Cohen, whose SAC Capital just settled two insider-trading lawsuits with the government for $616 million, bought himself the belated gift after first agreeing to but it for $139milllion in 2006 from Vegas mogul Steve Wynn.

The price is estimated to be the highest ever paid for an artwork by a U.S. collector.

But Wynn – former owner of the Bellagio and Mirage hotels in Vegas – put his elbow through the 1932 painting while he was showing it off to friends the day after the sale was agreed and caused a six-inch tear in it.

The hotelier agreed at the time to release Cohen – who is worth around $9.3billion – from the sale and repair it. Now he has sold it to Cohen for $16 million more than the pre-damaged price.

The painting – meaning The Dream – has since been restored to its original state.

The erotic content of the painting has been noted repeatedly, with critics pointing out that Picasso painted an erect penis, presumably symbolizing his own, in the upturned face of his model, who was his mistress at the time.

[ click to continue reading at The Mail Online ]

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Editor

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