Priceless Painting ‘Missing’ After 80-Year-Old Woman Shipped It With UPS

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (WFLA) — Art was a big part of Joan O’Dowd’s life. Especially two paintings of the iconic lions outside the Chicago Art Institute near where she grew up.

“They have a lot of sentimental value to me because I met the artist when I was little and then when I was a teenager at his house,” she said.

But one of those paintings is now missing. This is after she shipped it to Chicago via UPS on February 14. Now. UPS told him that it appears the board never left the area.

“It tells me my painting is either lost or stolen,” O’Dowd said.

She had sent the painting to her daughter’s home in Chicago and planned to send the other lion painting for her birthday.

“I said it was time to start parting ways with some of these things that mean so much to me to give my daughter and son-in-law some joy so they can have them for years to come. “, O’Dowd said.

So she and her daughter knew they better call Behnken.

A UPS spokeswoman promised to investigate and said the company was trying to track down the driver who handled the package last month and trace the steps. The hope is that the package is somewhere in the UPS Sarasota hub.

“I just hope he got lost in the shuffle somehow. These things happen, I understand that and I pray that they do,” O’Dowd said.

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