‘What is stolen?’ the curator exclaimed.
Security guard swallowed, remembering that it was her job to keep The Pandora safe in the museum. After all, it was the only painting in the world which can be spread 360 degree.
Now, someone had stolen it.
‘Hey bro!’ the street beggar called out to the passing police officer. The officer never changed his step and ignored the beggar completely.
The ones who are supposed to protect everyone sometimes have a different notion of everyone.
‘Alright, I could have told you about the painting.’ the beggar mumbled.
‘How much did this painting cost?’ the officer asked.
‘How much?!’ the curator exclaims. He always hated those who had no clue about art. He hated those more who tried to put a price tag over something so unique as The Pandora.
‘It was priceless! There was never any other painting like this. You ask me the price? It took Vincent Bonjo 15 years to make that painting. He ran out of money, he lost his house and eventually completed the painting while staying on the streets. Where else can anyone find a painting like this?’
‘It still would have been evaluated. Any estimate would do sir, we would like to know how much monetary value was actually stolen.’
‘3 years ago it could have bought a small state in this country. Three years ago? After a while we stopped estimating the price because we would need bigger numbers.’
‘Okay priceless was better.’
‘That is what I said.’
‘Any offers to buy the painting recently?’
‘No offers recently. The painting had been stored away as the wing was under construction for a while and it was going to be unveiled tomorrow.’
‘When did the construction complete?’
‘How would I know? I am in charge of the paintings and not the refurbishment.’
‘In charge of the painting? Clearly you were not good at your job.’
‘I am not in charge of the security. She was not good at his job. I fired her!’
‘Fired her? So the security in charge is not here? We would like to talk to her.’
The curator at this point called over his security for further information about the on duty guard. The officer exchanged some pleasantries before jumping to the topic of the guard.
There was something nagging him though, how could someone steal a huge 360 degree painting?
‘How big was the painting?’
‘I already told you the painting was the biggest deal!’
‘No you told me that the painting was one of the kind but you did not tell me the size of the painting.’
‘Oh the painting is about 20 m long and 1 m wide.’
‘That is not a large painting. It could have been easily stolen along with the construction equipment. I would like to know about the construction company.’
‘Hey bro!’ the beggar called out to the curator who was walking past. Even he did not look at the beggar, as if the space occupied by the beggar was non existent.
‘Shame! I could have told you about the painting.’ the beggar mumbles.
‘We don’t know anything about any painting.’ the suspect avows.
‘Then give us the name of every construction worker in the last couple of days.’ the officer counters.
‘Sure I already gave them. Your partner has them.’
‘Yeah he does.’
‘Then why did you let me go all Hulk on you?’
‘I tried to tell you that your partner has them but you didn’t let me.’
‘But you should have told me sooner’
‘You did not let me!’
The officer looked around, clearly embarrassed about his mess up. He then slowly sulked away from the suspect as the suspect looked on. Just as the officer was about to leave the line of sight, he turned back at the suspect and says:
‘Don’t leave town.’
‘Hey fellows!’ the beggar greets some police officers. They ignore him too but he tries again. This time, one of the police officer answers.
‘You are here about the painting right?’
‘How the hell you know about that?’
‘I live right outside the museum.’
‘And you are high all the time.’
‘It is not my fault that petrol is so easily available’
‘What do you know about the painting?’
‘Just that the construction workers dropped something big on their way out.’
‘About 20 X 1 m big’
‘You know where it is?’
‘I just have one condition.’
One week later after the case has been closed and the museum reopened. The guests were all patiently waiting for the opening of the new wing. They waited for the curtain to be opened so that they can be ushered into the wing and look at the The Pandora.
All except one person who was already standing inside the new wing, turning around to look at the 360 degree painting. The curator entered the wing and met the beggar.
‘It is beautiful isn’t it?’ the curator greets.
‘Yeah making it was very difficult’
‘I should thank you for that’ the curator paused and then added ‘You don’t look the same as you did back then’
‘Yeah, you know I ran out of colors at the end. I had to use some rotten tomatoes and other stuff I found in the garbage to finish this’
‘You wanted it to be called The Garbage‘
‘You wanted an exquisite name for an exquisite painting?’
Vincent Bonjo winked at the curator as their deal was now done. The painting was world famous, the curator had enough donations into this place and finally, the maker could see his masterpiece as a whole for the first time.
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