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Frank Duveneck’s painting, titled Yacht Harbor, was exhibited in the 1904 World’s Fair. The artwork’s location went cold 91 years later until a solo investigation pieced together a trail of clues and shined new light on its disappearance.

The Saint Louis Public Schools acknowledged in 2020 that they had lost a historically significant, turn-of-the-20th century painting. It was obvious that school district officials were worried — and maybe more than a little embarrassed — because, in 2020, no one currently inside the Saint Louis Public Schools knew it existed.

Let’s back up 118 years.

In 1902, a local chapter of…

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