The case of the purloined Picasso

Posted On: Monday - May 14th 2018 5:30PM MST
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Peak Stupidity has loads of follow-up and new posts on the back burner, but this Zerohedge post was just too good not to pass along. Yep, I will continue to badmouth the site for its software till the day they fix it, as it's almost guaranteed to crash the browser (this is my 2nd time writing this post, as it crashed the browser - all windows the 1st time!). The commenters can't be beat though, as I've been saying, and 250-odd ones so far below this humorous Zerohedge post will be a riot.

Pablo Picasso's Le Repos?

Or, is a fake traced-out by the ex-wife?

ZH started as a site that criticized Global Financial Stupidity and the people involved, and the guy in this post is one they've had it in for for years now. I don't care at this point who Mr. Bill Gross is, but as part of the F.I.R.E. economy Peak Stupidity AGREES, whatever it is. In Bill Gross's Ex-Wife Stole A $35M Picasso From Their Bedroom And Replaced It With A Hand Drawing, there is discussion about a rather acrimonious divorce, or maybe this is just a normal one in a power couple like this one.
In November testimony, the ex-wife readily admitted to swiping the Picasso, citing an e-mail Bill sent to her where he instructed her to "take all the furniture and art that you’d like."
Yes, BTW, this money IS from the transaction fees you've been paying if you're an investor trying to make it big in "the markets." Don't worry, they'll get more.

Let's just present this short transcript of something resembling a deposition:
[deposition mode]

"And so I did," she said.

But it wasn’t quite that simple, as testimony revealed the ex-wife’s prowess for both painting and artful deception.

"Well, you didn’t take it and leave an empty spot on the wall, though, did you?" lawyers for Bill Gross asked.

"No," Sue responded.

"You replaced it with a fake?" the lawyer asked.

"Well, it was a painting I painted," Sue responded.

"A replication of the Picasso?" the lawyer asked.

"A replication, yes," Sue answered.

"And it had the Picasso signature and everything, didn’t it?" the lawyer asked.

"Not exactly . . ." she said.

"Whose signature was it? Sue Gross?" the lawyer asked.

"I don’t remember how I signed it. Bill will remember because I painted it at home years ago," she said.

"Did you tell him that you took the Picasso?" the lawyer asked.

"No. We didn’t speak for a year and a half," she answered just before the line of questioning turned to a 7-foot, 300-pound rabbit sculpture she also admitted taking.

[/deposition mode]
Now, hold on a bit. What was that last part? I'm not that concerned with the Picasso, there are plenty of 'em and color laser printers now. I would like to know more about that 300 lb rabbit sculpture. Peak Stupidity will send an errand boy up to Sotheby's to bid for us (no, due to slow donations as of late, we will not spring for the $35 million El Repos or even facsimile thereof).
While Gross admitted that he couldn't tell the difference between the original and the wife-drawn replica, he said he wasn't surprised to learn of the original's fate.

According to court documents, Gross alleged that several other choice items had gone missing from their home shortly after their separation - including a Tiffany clock, 20 bottles of wine, Christmas decorations and a 1,000-pound-statue.
I have said it before, and I'll keep saying it, if you see it coming, liquidate the assets you can, get all of the stuff out of the house that you can and get it over to a trusted friend's basement.

Family Court:
"I'm flat broke - it was freakin' Vegas, man! I was sure I couldn't lose!"
Next year, on your birthday:
"Wow. 20 bottles of wine, a big statue of a rabbit, and a painting by Picasso your kid! You shouldn't have! I love you, man!"

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