The AP inadvertently shows the importance of partnering with the right people when owning a painting:
James Haggerty took the painting, noted French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s circa 1857 Portrait Of A Girl, to a Manhattan hotel on July 28 for a potential buyer to examine, Kristyn Trudgeon’s lawsuit said. Then Mr Haggerty went to the hotel bar and was seen on security cameras leaving the building with the painting after midnight.
But there was no sign of the portrait on the cameras at his Manhattan apartment building when he got home nearly two hours later, the lawsuit said. And the next morning, Mr Haggerty told painting co-owner Thomas Doyle he “could not recall its whereabouts, citing that he had had too much to drink the previous evening”, according to the lawsuit filed in a Manhattan state court. Ms Trudgeon is seeking what she says is the roughly £840,000 value of the painting,