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There is a reason why so much artwork - particularly older, valuable pieces - is displayed behind glass cases or out of the public's reach: the art is easily damaged and galleries and museums don't want to take unnecessary chances with their investments. When you are a private collector, those safeguards aren't always maintained. This isn't a problem when personal collections are small, but it is when you own a $140 million dollar painting, such as Picasso's La Reve, owned by Steve Wynn. Wynn, after selling the painting for just under that price, accidentally punched a hole in the canvas with a careless elbow.
Apparently, the painting can be restored and Wynn is taking this as a sign that the painting should not be sold, but when you're dealing with something so valuable in the first place, even private collectors might consider an extra precaution or two.
Though the wording of the ad itself is a little strange in the beginning, there is no denying that the Contrabass Saxophone that it lists is a unique find for a musician or a collector. The sax was custom built in 2001 - before the instruments entered a very limited, but regular, production - and has been used professionally since. The Contrabass is the lowest playing real saxophone in the world, handcrafted in Italy by Orsi, and there are so few that it is rare that one comes on the market at all. It is 6'4" tall and weighs about 45-lbs. Two cases are included, a "lightweight" traveling case and a very sturdy shipping case that is about the size of a refrigerator (with wheels). Price: $22,500. Be sure to check out the music clips on the sale site to hear what it sounds like.