South Yorkshire actor Brian Blessed has claimed he missed out on millions by throwing a Pablo Picasso drawing on the floor as a boy.
The larger-than-life TV personality told the Daily Telegraph that when he was about 12 he had briefly met the celebrated painter during a World Peace Congress event in Sheffield.
Blessed, who is originally from Goldthorpe, said Picasso had drawn him a picture of a dove of peace.
The 79-year-old said: “I asked, ‘Are you Picasso?’ and he replied, ‘Yes, I am’.
“I told him, ‘You sound more like Carmen Miranda, so if you’re really Picasso, draw me something.’
“He said, ‘I will draw you a dove of peace’, which he did and handed it to me.
“I said, ‘That shows you’re not Picasso, that’s not a dove!’ ”
Picasso replied: “For the first time I have a critic, the child does not believe this is a dove.”
“I threw his drawing on the floor and in doing so, threw away about £50m.”
Mr Blessed said he believed the drawing ended up going on display in Sheffield.
But a spokeswoman for Museums Sheffield said while the city does have a Picasso drawing of a dove in its collection, it is not the same one that Mr Blessed is referring to.
She said several doves were drawn by Picasso during his visit to the city.
Museums Sheffield do not comment on the value of any of the paintings or items in their possession. But The Star understands Mr Blessed’s £50m valuation of the drawing is not accurate.