15 Rich And Famous People Who Destroyed Their Expensive Toys

steve wynnHotel mogul Steve Wynn

The Picasso painting that hotel mogul Steve Wynn famously ripped is back in the news after billionaire hedge funder Steve Cohen bought it for a whopping $155 million, The New York Post reports.

The painting, “Le Rêve,” wound up with a 6-inch tear after Wynn accidentally put his elbow through it while showing it off to friends at his Las Vegas office.

But he’s not the only mogul who has destroyed a very expensive toy.

These gaffes, some of which cost their owners millions of dollars, include crashing a spaceship, high-priced car accidents, and homes that are no longer standing.

Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo totaled his Ferrari

In 2009, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo crashed his Ferrari into a roadside barrier in a tunnel near Manchester airport, The Guardian reported.

Ronaldo, who played for Manchester United at the time, was unhurt.

The vehicle, which is still damaged, is supposed to be auctioned off on eBay.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' spaceship project crashed during a test fight

A spaceship funded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos crashed during a test flight in early September 2011. People on the ground lost contact with the craft and were unable to control it during the flight.

Bezos' big dream is to develop a practical means of space tourism. Seems his first venture didn't go so well.

An Australian billionaire nearly sank his own yacht

Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer, who became famous when he announced plans to build an exact replica of the Titanic, nearly sank his own private yacht.

The $5.3 million 'Maximus' reportedly lost power and came close to colliding with a rock wall off the coast of Queensland, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After a flare was fired, the passengers put on life jackets and the yacht was towed to a nearby marina.

A Chinese millionaire got mad at his Lambo and hired workers to destroy it

What's a man to do if his car breaks down?

Well, if he's a Chinese millionaire known only as Mr. Han, he destroys it. Han was fed up with his Lamborghini Gallardo breaking down, so he paid workers to take sledgehammers to the luxury car, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In March, 2011, about nine workers ganged up on the car, which costs about $205,905 by the way, in Qingdao city in Shandong province.

Richard Branson crashed a speedboat while trying to break a world record

Music mogul Richard Branson caused his speedboat the Virgin Atlantic Challenger to capsize in the Atlantic in 1985. Branson was attempting the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing at the time of the incident.

While no one knows for sure what caused the maritime accident, the weather wasn't the best and the boat developed a fuel leak, according the BBC.

Branson's tropical getaway Necker Island also burned down during Hurricane Irene.

President Obama's limo broke down after it was filled with diesel

On his recent trip to Israel, President Obama's armoured limo broke down after it was wrongly filled with diesel instead of gasoline.

The vehicle, known as 'The Beast,' would not start at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and another presidential limousine was flown in as a replacement, the Times of Israel reported.

Hotel mogul Steve Wynn destroyed a Picasso painting worth $139 million

Steve Wynn's elbow destroyed Picasso's Le Reve in 2006.

Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts, had recently agreed to sell the painting to hedge funder Steve A. Cohen for $139 million, when he got too close to the canvas and put his elbow through it.

He received a $45 million insurance payment, and just successfully sold the work to Cohen for $155 million, according to the New York Post.

Charlie Sheen's car went driving without him — right off a cliff

The former 'Two and a Half Men' star's car went over a cliff in California. But, apparently, Sheen wasn't in it, according to CBS.

The Mercedes was allegedly stolen from Sheen's Sherman Oaks home in 2010 and later found overturned in the bottom of the ravine.

Roman Abramovich used the wrong fuel and nearly destroyed his yacht

A yacht belonging Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who also owns Chelsea Football Club, was filled with petrol in 2005, theindependent.ie reported. It was a diesel engine.

A single tank of fuel for his nearly $100 million yacht costs more almost $165,000. So after spending money on the wrong type of fuel, Abramovich had to pay to clean out his engine, an expensive process.

A driver got distracted by a bird and crashed his Bugatti Veyron into a lake

An unnamed man drove his $2 million Bugatti Veyron into a lake in Texas in 2009. Apparently, the man was distracted by a low-flying pelican and ended up in the lagoon.

This video shows the car being towed from the water.

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A luxury boat in China sank before it ever made a journey

A luxury boat in China, rumoured to have cost $2.67 million to build, sank as soon as it touched water in 2011, ChinaSmack reported.

A minister of transportation for Lanzhou, the city that reportedly commission the boat, blamed the incident on faulty work by the builders.

An unnamed tycoon had a major mishap while cooking with a deep fryer

A man, described by Forbes only as a tycoon, decided it would be a good idea to use a deep fryer, which was designed to cook whole turkeys, to make a single chicken breast.

He left the deep fryer in the basement of his mansion while he went to walk the dog, and lo and behold, came back to a fire that caused more than $1 million in losses.

David Tepper didn't think his Hamptons house was good enough, so he knocked it down

Hedge fund manager David Tepper was the owner of a beautiful Hamptons mansion that included a tennis court, views of the ocean, and a swimming pool.

But apparently it just wasn't up to his standards. Tepper is in the process of tearing down the palatial pad to build an even bigger one. The new 11,268 square-foot-house is being built over the natural dunes in order to improve Tepper's view of the ocean and will include a new sunken tennis court.

An Italian socialite crashed his supercar in Switzerland

Italian socialite Roberto Parli allegedly hit not just one, but two cars in April 2011 while driving on a Swiss highway, Motor Authority reported.

Authorities believed Parli was intoxicated when his McLaren SLR side-swiped another car in Switzerland. However, Parli allegedly kept right on driving and hit another car. When he eventually stopped, Parli reportedly yelled ''I'm a millionaire, I'll pay for everything I don't care.'

One of Scotland's most successful businessmen crashed his helicopter into a lake

Keith Punler, a Scottish tycoon who is one of the country's most successful businessmen, crashed his helicopter into a lake in Scotland after receiving a call that beloved $34,000 boat had been stolen, The Daily Record reported.

Punler was trying to land on his private helipad in 2010 when he was distracted by Loch Long in Argyll, causing his helicopter to clip the water and flip.

Fortunately, he survived the incident and the boat was recovered.

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