Suit: Drunk courier lost $1.3M painting

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NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The owner of Jean Baptiste Camille Corot's "Portrait of a Girl" is suing a courier after the man lost the painting during an alleged drunken night in New York.

Kristyn Trudgeon, the majority owner of the 19th century painting, said art courier James Carl Haggerty told co-owner Tom Doyle he lost the $1.3 million artwork July 28 while showing it to a prospective buyer at The Mark Hotel, the New York Post reported Wednesday.


Haggerty blamed his level of intoxication for his inability to remember what became of the painting, the New York Daily News reported.

"I think he's a complete, fumbling idiot," Trudgeon said.

The lawsuit, which claims an Aug. 9 polygraph test found indications of "deception" on the part of Haggerty, is seeking the estimated worth of the painting, the Post said.

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