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Two years ago, art collector Steve Wynn withdrew Pablo Picasso’s 1943 painting Le Marin from a Christie’s auction in New York after it was damaged by an employee of T.F. Nugent, a family-run commercial painting business. The employee, who had been hired to paint Christie’s galleries ahead of the exhibition, left an extension rod for a paint roller propped up against a wall. The rod wasn’t secured and ended up crashing into the painting, tearing a four-and-a-half-inch hole in the canvas. The insurance company that reimbursed Christie’s after the auction house paid Wynn is now suing the contractor it blames for tearing the hole in the masterpiece.

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