The Corot portrait lost in a drunken stupor just got more convoluted according to Bloomberg which reports that co-owner Kristin Trudgeon has recognized her partner in the painting as convicted con man who sold a Degas that wasn’t his:
After filing the lawsuit on Aug. 30, her lawyer Max DiFabio showed her a mug shot yesterday of a Thomas Doyle, who’d pleaded guilty in 2007 in the theft of a Degas sculpture and was released from prison in December.
“A photograph was provided to us by a member of the press,” DiFabio, the lawyer, said. “I asked my client to determine whether it was the same Tom Doyle. She answered in the affirmative.”
Corot Painting Suit Dropped After Owner Sees Mug Shot (Bloomberg/BusinessWeek.com)