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Picasso purchase bumps Elaine Wynn to No. 2

Elaine Pascal Wynn no longer holds the distinction of owning the world’s most expensive work of art sold at auction.

She had paid $142.4 million in November 2013 for Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud.” It was painted in 1969.

That price was topped Monday by a 60-year-old Picasso that fetched $179.4 million, including fees at Christie’s. The buyer of “Les Femmes d’Alger” (version “O”) was not identified.

It had last been on the market in 1997, when it sold for $31.9 million at a Christie’s auction.

PRITCHARD HONORED

Las Vegas sports-talk host Mike Pritchard has been named to the University of Colorado’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pritchard was named the most valuable player of Colorado’s 1990 national champion-ship team, which beat Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl.

A 1987 graduate of Rancho High School, Pritchard was recruited to Colorado by Les Miles, an assistant under Bill McCartney.

Pritchard was the 13th overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, taken by the Atlanta Falcons. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL.

Pritchard’s clutch catch late in the third quarter against third-ranked Nebraska sparked ninth-ranked CU to 27-12 win at Lincoln after trailing 12-0 at halftime.

When he got the call this week, Pritchard said he was “thrilled beyond belief. CU gave me a legacy that will last for future generations for my family.”

He has been the color analyst for UNLV football for the past nine seasons and just joined ESPN 1100 two weeks ago to team up with Mitch Moss on the “Mitch and Pritch” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. show.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Mariah Carey let her Saturday audience in on a secret. She announced they were going to be part of a cameo in her upcoming music video for her new single, “Infinity.” Hollywood director Brett Ratner walked onstage and revved up the audience for filming. Carey performed “Infinity” three times for the cameras, with the audience response growing louder each time. …

Former talk show host Heidi Harris has a new book out. The title: “Cocktail Waitress Wisdom: Life Lessons While Carrying a Tray in Las Vegas.” She’s promoting it today at Bruce Merrin’s Stirling Club Business Network Luncheon at Gordon Biersch.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will share his memories of longtime Nevada drug kingpin and high roller Jimmy Chagra on June 11 during Goodman’s latest speaking series at the Plaza. The dinner at Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads starts at 6:30 p.m.

SIGHTINGS

Among the celebrities who showed up at Carey’s shows last week: Eight-time Grammy winner Anita Baker, music executive L.A. Reid and singer Tamar Braxton, Toni’s little sister. … Entertainer Clint Holmes, celebrating his birthday, his 69th, at Bootlegger Bistro on Monday with many musical friends, including his wife, Kelly.

THE PUNCH LINE

“The NFL has suspended Tom Brady for four games over Deflate-gate. They’re going to punish him by making him stay home in his mansion with his supermodel wife and think about what he did wrong.” — Conan O’Brien

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter: @Norm_Clarke

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