Pandora Mather-Lees, an Oxford-educated art historian and conservationist, started giving lessons after a billionaire asked for help to restore a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting damaged not by sea spray, but by breakfast cereal. "His kids had thrown their cornflakes at it over breakfast on his yacht because they thought it was scary," Mather-Lees said. "And the crew had made the damage worse by wiping them off the painting."
The crew "just thought it was some painting, they had no idea it was worth many millions," Mather-Lees told the Observer at a superyacht conference in London last week. [...]
There are superyachts with "better collections than some national museums," Mather-Lees said, describing one yacht with more than 800 pieces of art that are worth more than double the vessel itself. "Obviously they [the owners] want to show off their art collection when guests come on board ... It acts as an icebreaker, and says volumes about their taste," she told an audience of more than 100 people at the Superyacht Investor conference in the Landmark Hotel. "But yachts are not art galleries and when something goes wrong it's obviously very unfortunate and a big burden on the crew and the owners become very unhappy."
Funny side note: due to Huygens sympathy, two guillotines on the deck of a superyacht will eventually synchronize!