A drawing of the Tequila Mockingbird, the object of Conrad Parmenter's devotion.

Millionaire art collector whose pursuit of the legendary Tequila Mockingbird cost him his life.

Parmenter was 30 when he first bought the statuette from a Hindu sailor in the city of Tequila, Mexico, but 10 years later, it was stolen by a Chinese accountant. At the age of 52, Parmenter was able to buy it back at an auction in Beirut; 10 years later, it mysteriously disappeared again.

He spent the next 50 years searching for it, eventually dying of old age.

[Mentioned, Episode #103: "Tequila Mockingbird".]