You’ll be surprised and shocked to learn that the $2 Picasso Good Morning America thought had been found in a Louisiana yard sale turns out to be nothing of value. The woman who bought the paintings was acting under pressure from the seller’s granddaughter, according to the Shreveport Times, who convince the buyer, Teisha McNeal, to buy the work and do some research:
“Well, who is Picasso?” McNeal asked, according to Parker, who overheard the transaction.
McNeal, an unemployed mother, bought the painting and attempted to do just that, involving the FBI in the process. The bureau’s Shreveport office consulted the FBI’s art theft unit in Washington, D.C.
“As far as we can tell, the painting does not appear to be an original,” said Steve Hall, supervisory senior resident agent of the FBI’s Shreveport office. “The dimensions of the print do not match the dimensions of the original Picasso painting.”
$2 Sale Acquisition Spurs Frenzy of Phone Calls (Shreveport Times)