No one remembers the daytime heist at the Saint Louis Art Museum. A rare Picasso arrived at the museum cloaked in mystery in 1934, then disappeared without a trace in 1973. Today, the painting could be worth millions, that is, if it could be recovered.
The true crime story of the Rose Period Picasso might be the least-told report of art theft from a highly regarded art museum. The author investigates the unsolved crime for possible motives behind the robbery and lack of recovery, only to discover there is more to art than meets the eye. From Nazi Germany to organized crime, she uncovers the rise of art as the third largest criminal trade in the world when the Picasso oil painting disappeared. The author shares unexpected tales of missing art, famous collectors, and the art theft that revealed a local conspiracy to kill Martin Luther King, Jr.
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