Benton Fam Blasts UMB

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"The Missouri artist’s descendants charge that UMB Bank, Benton estate trustees, mismanaged artwork in its care, even selling pieces without permission and below their true value."

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Self-dealing, conflicts of interest alleged in UMB Bank's handling of Thomas Hart Benton estate

In 2002, then-UMB chairman R. Crosby Kemper Jr. showed Kansas City businesswoman Shirley Helzberg around a vault that contained artist Thoma Hart Benton's vast art collection. Helzberg, whose husband Barnett Helzberg ran the Helzberg Diamonds enterprise and was a UMB director at the time, chose eight pieces of Benton's collection she wished to purchase.