Judge says ex-Foley mayor, not city, owns painting

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Baldwin County has ended a long-running dispute among former and current Foley city officials over a 1941 painting of the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Circuit Judge Charles Partin ruled that former Foley Mayor Arthur Holk loaned the painting to the city and should have it back.

Foley Mayor John Koniar said the city would not appeal. He said city officials canceled the insurance policy on the painting and municipal crews delivered it to Holk.

The painting, created by John McCrady for the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, was appraised at $200,000 in 2008 by New Orleans art dealers.

It had been in Foley City Hall prior to the ruling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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