A woman who lost her balance and tore a hole in a Pablo Picasso painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art likely cut the $130 million painting’s value in half, a top appraiser said yesterday.
Conservators said they will be able to fix the 6-inch tear in “The Actor” (above), but appraiser Gerard van Weyenbergh said the painting may never recover its value.
“It’s a 50 percent loss of the value — at least,” van Weyenbergh, who has handled numerous Picassos, told The Post. “When an artwork comes up in auction, that’s the first thing people want to know — were there any repaints or restorations.
i’m just glad i wasn’t at the museum 2 weeks ago when i experienced an extreme case of vertigo.
that could have done some serious damage.
– Oscar Wilde