Steve Wynn Goes Shopping at Art Basel, Comes Home With Stallone Painting
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Art has never been the first thing we seek out in Vegas, although we bet the galleries at the Bellagio and Wynn are decent places to escape when the sound of the slot sonatas starts to send us batty. But the news of Steve Wynnís latest acquisition has us rethinking our art aversion. While in Miami for Art Basel this week, Wynn purchased a painting by Sylvester Stallone. Uh huh. Rocky. Rambo. Sly. Judge Dredd. He paints.
Apparently, Stallone has been a part-time painter for 30 years, but his foray into the Art Basel world puts him in the professional category. What else do you call it when you sell your painting to one of the most famous collectors in America for $40,000? Wynn took a shine to an abstract piece, while another art gallery bigwig bought a Stallone self-portrait for $50,000.
No official word yet if Wynnís Stallone artwork will definitely hang in the Wynn Art Collection, but, letís face it, Wynn likes to show off his baubles and he loves him some art (ďItís a sickness,Ē he told Charlie Rose on ď60 MinutesĒ earlier this year.)
We just hope he doesnít poke a hole in his Stallone masterpiece. Itís not like Picasso was going to come after him when he effed up that painting, but somehow we donít think Mr. Wynn should go putting his elbow anywhere near Sly.
You can check out Stalloneís artwork here.
[Photo of Wynn & Stallone via Jason Binnís Twitter.]