Last week, the 1658 Rembrandt painting, “Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo,” was sold over the telephone for a record $33.2 million at Christie’s in London. We recently got wind that it was casino executive Steve Wynn that won the classic work of art. Although Wynn has not officially revealed that he was the buyer, the NY Times reported that he called several art dealers and scholars for information and advice on the piece before the item’s auction.
Famous for his art collection, Wynn unfortunately suffers from the eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to temporary or even complete loss of sight. Wynn proudly owns pieces by Rubens, Vermeer and Cezanne as well as the Picasso masterpiece, Le Reve, the painting he famously put his elbow through in 2006.