KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The tale so teased David Disney's
imagination that he
thumb-tacked it right next to his
It was a newspaper story about a World War I painting, the size of a garage door, that simply vanished from Kansas City.
"It reminded me to keep looking for it," he
Nearly every day, he'd type "Blashfield, The Call of Missouri.
is a patient man.
Six years and hundreds of searches passed.
But Disney learned a lot about the artist and the painting commissioned by local women and given to the Kansas City Public Library.
Then in March, while waiting for a conference call, he
again cast the words into Google
And got a bite.
"I found it!
yelled to his
wife and then into a blizzard of phone calls to others in Kansas City.
Within hours, Disney called Bob Malenfant, the owner of the Southwest Art Gallery in Dallas.
is an optimist.
called Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library, who was so thrilled the painting was found that he
even picked out a spot for it in the Central Library
zeal fizzled when he
learned the price.
, who loves history and mysteries, is searching for any auction records, receipts, taxes paid, anything that might document the painting's removal from the building.
"You can't just lift it off the wall and ship it.
It's too big and heavy," he
The painting might have been in a mass sell-off of contents to an antique dealer.
Or it might have been given to someone.
Or it might have been sold by itself, without any record, but that could possibly be illegal.
"If the records of the painting's sale are out there, I'll find them," Disney
Disney (no relation to Walt Disney) is communications director for J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
He sits on at least five civic boards in Kansas City and is on an executive committee for the Boy Scouts.