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The unusually larger canvas originally had another painting on it. The painting was part of Picasso's shift from the more somber Blue period to the more cheerful Rose period which featured warmer colors and a more energetic style. The Actor was given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Chrysler heiress Thelma Chrysler Foy in 1952.
Casino mogul Stephen Wynn. who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that has damaged his peripheral vision, put his elbow through his beloved painting, Picasso's 1932 'Le Reve' in 2006. At the time Wynn was reportedly ready to sell the work for $139 million even though he had at one point considered naming his hotel after it (instead the name went to a show at the resort). This work was also the victim of a six-inch tear, this one in a more obvious place, the left forearm of the figure. Wynn took the incident as a sign and did not sell the painting. After a $90,000 repair, the painting was evaluated to be worth $85 million.