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May 21, 2004 | From Reuters
A portrait of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson by U.S. painter John Singer Sargent sold Wednesday for $8.8 million. Auction house Sotheby's said the 1885 painting, the top lot in the sale, was bought by casino owner Steve Wynn and would be included in his collection of art at Wynn's Las Vegas Resort and Country Club next year.
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February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London.
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March 27, 2013 | By David Ng
Has billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen purchased Picasso's "Le Rêve" from billionaire hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn? A story in the New York Post this week reports that Cohen has bought the coveted painting for $155 million . If true, the sale would be one of the most expensive single art transactions in U.S. history. A spokesman for Cohen declined to comment on the matter. "Le Rêve" is the painting that Wynn famously damaged by accident in 2006 when he punctured the canvas with his elbow.
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December 9, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's official: Garth Brooks' self-imposed hiatus from touring is over, and the country superstar will return to the road for a world tour in 2014, his first since he announced his plan to quit touring in 2001. Brooks, 51, made the announcement Monday, Dec. 9, to “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts while discussing his new eight-disc box set “Blame It All on My Roots,” which grew out of his four-year solo residency at the Wynn Encore Theatre in Las Vegas. He gave no specifics of when the tour would start or how extensive it will be. But he'll likely provide a preview of what's to come when he returns to the Wynn in January for two shows with his full band.
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September 10, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles jury awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million Monday in his slander suit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis - a sum 10 times the gambling debt that sparked the dispute. The L.A. County Superior Court jury found that Francis knowingly made false statements when he told reporters and others that Wynn threatened to kill him and bury his body in the desert over a $2-million bill he ran up during a multi-day gambling spree in 2007. "He told lies. He used the media to get it out there," said Wynn's lead lawyer, Barry Langberg, in lauding the verdict.
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March 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Billionaire Steve Wynn, chairman of gaming company Wynn Resorts Ltd., settled a lawsuit he brought against Lloyd's of London after he accidentally tore his 75-year-old Pablo Picasso painting "Le Reve," court records indicate. Wynn, 65, whose Wynn Resorts owns casinos in Las Vegas and Macau, sued Lloyd's on Jan. 11 for documents related to the insurer's appraisal of the work, worth $139 million before it was damaged on Sept. 30.
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December 7, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"Someone called me a grizzled veteran today." Steve Wynn laughed as he surveyed the Hollywood skyline from the Hollywood Boulevard offices of Big Time Records. Wynn is only 26, but as leader of the Dream Syndicate, he's something of an elder statesman of Los Angeles' underground rock scene. Dream Syndicate was hailed in some quarters as one of the great hopes of American rock when its 1982 debut album was released on the tiny Ruby label.
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October 23, 1996 | STEVE APPLEFORD
The ex-Dream Syndicate leader drifts back to crackling, '60s-style grunge on some tracks, where ringing pop melodies emerge from a sometimes chaotic din. Still reeling from his first dose of the Velvet Underground, the singer-guitarist even adopts Lou Reed's flat ironic delivery for "The Angels." But it's at the midway point that Wynn's seething tales of bad love catch fire. * Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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June 3, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
The Dream Syndicate was never quite the Los Angeles institution that, say, the Dodgers are. But the band was a seminal force in the city's '80s underground rock evolution. So now that Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn has gone solo, he's faced with having to redefine himself, at least musically speaking. "That's the main reason I went solo," Wynn said, pondering the Dodger analogy while taking in a recent game at the Stadium. "It's not so much redefining but undefining.
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September 12, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
In 2010, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis first accused casino mogul Steve Wynn of threatening to kill him and bury him in the desert. That accusation, which Francis repeated publicly at least twice more, could end up costing him $40 million. A Los Angeles jury this week awarded Wynn that amount in his slander suit against Francis, an outcome Wynn lauded as a strike against an "unbelievably reckless human being. " "Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message: If you think you're taking a cheap shot, it may be a lot more expensive than you had imagined," Wynn said Tuesday in a statement.
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May 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for saying the Los Angeles jury that convicted him this month "should all be lined up and shot. " In a 259-word statement issued early Thursday, Francis said his comments to the Hollywood Reporter "were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings. " "I am truly, truly sorry," he said. "I hope everyone will understand I was not being serious and that I fully and deeply apologize for my remarks. " As Show Tracker reported Wednesday, the 40-year-old criticized the jurors who found him guilty of imprisoning three women at his Bel-Air home.
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May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for calling the jury that found him guilty "retarded. " Francis, who was recently found guilty of imprisoning three women in his home, issued an apology on the heels of an interview published by The Hollywood Reporter that quoted him as saying his jurors were "mentally ... retarded" and "should be euthanized. " "Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know? I've never met a smart person who's done jury duty," he said in the article.  PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots But now he's singing a different tune, apologizing to the jury, court, city attorney and his attorneys for the harsh comments and still maintaining his innocence.
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May 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Garth Brooks may have ended his three-year residency at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, but apparently,  the relationship that led to the engagement is alive and well. Brooks will return to the Wynn's Encore Theatre venue where he had held court for those three years for stints over Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends that will be filmed for subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release. Brooks will play four shows over the nights of May 24 and 25, for which tickets go on sale May 6. They'll be priced at $125, the original cost of tickets when he started his run at the Wynn, plus service fees.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
NEW YORK -- Attorneys have asked a federal judge to set aside hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors' record $616-million settlement for investors -- and not to transfer the sum to the U.S. Treasury. Attorneys for plaintiffs in a separate case have asked that the Securities and Exchange Commission set aside the massive sum in a so-called Fair Fund for investors. When the SEC collects civil penalties, the agency generally either sets aside the money to compensate defrauded investors or transfers the money to the U.S. Treasury.
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March 27, 2013 | By David Ng
Has billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen purchased Picasso's "Le Rêve" from billionaire hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn? A story in the New York Post this week reports that Cohen has bought the coveted painting for $155 million . If true, the sale would be one of the most expensive single art transactions in U.S. history. A spokesman for Cohen declined to comment on the matter. "Le Rêve" is the painting that Wynn famously damaged by accident in 2006 when he punctured the canvas with his elbow.
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February 28, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
A spokesman for the Las Vegas casino owner who is owed about $30 million by Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis says the soft-core porn mogul's decision to have his business file for bankruptcy protection will not deter efforts to collect the debt. On Wednesday, Francis moved to place GGW Brands and other companies related to the infamous brand -- which specializes in videos featuring young women exposing themselves on camera -- under Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles.
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June 8, 1990 | DON WALLER
"Some good noise there?" Steve Wynn muttered half-rhetorically, as his five-man band touched down from one particularly sonik journey to another Telecastersphere. The show at the Sunset in Sierra Madre on Wednesday marked Wynn's first public performance with a rock band since the dissolution of L.A.'s proto-velveteen undergrounders, the Dream Syndicate, and this mostly new outfit displayed greater range and warmth and a richer sense of texture in its musical tapestries than the old one.
SPORTS
February 27, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don King, promoter of deposed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, lashed out Monday at both Tyson's conqueror, Buster Douglas, and Mirage Hotel owner Steve Wynn. He also said that Tyson has already gone back into training for a June fight. King has been sued by Douglas and Wynn, an action that seeks to break the promotional exclusivity clause King has with Douglas for future fights. King countered last week with a suit of his own.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Jay Jones
A visit to the Conservatory at Bellagio is a holiday tradition for many Vegas visitors. The centerpiece this year, on display through Jan. 5, is a 45-foot-tall Shasta fir, the largest holiday tree ever displayed at the resort. It's decorated with 2,500 ornaments and 7,000 twinkling lights. Four large toy soldiers are on sentry duty at the tree's base. Nearby, 11 faux penguins frolic in the snow and skate around a frozen pond. There's a colorful gazebo where, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-25, carolers will help put guests in a festive mood.
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