Official: Missing Painting Found by New York City Doorman


NEW YORK (AP).- A doorman who works across from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art found a painting outside his building and kept it for weeks, then realized it was a missing work at the center of a bizarre legal web and turned it in to investigators this week, an official said. “Portrait of a Girl,” painted in the mid-1800s by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, vanished in late July after a middleman showing the work to a prospective buyer at a Manhattan hotel several blocks from the doorman’s building claimed he got drunk and lost it. One of the owners sued him over the loss, then dropped the case. The other owner was recently indicted in federal court on wire fraud conspiracy charges, accused of lying about the painting’s value and trying to defraud an investor. A doorman at a building not far from the hotel showed up at a police precinct house Sunday with the painting, a law enforcement official said. He told officials that he found it outside and had it for weeks until he read