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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Estate of Grey Gardens Socialite Sues for the Return of a Long-lost Portrait of 19-year-old Jackie Kennedy That Was Found Hidden Away in a Hamptons Art Gallery

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-11/577101c4-94da-48a3-a326-3c112804cafc.pngJackie Kennedy’s father commissioned a portrait of his daughter after a horse-riding accident that left the then-19-year-old unconscious for several days. The painting was commissioned in 1950 but was only recently discovered. It is believed the portrait was stolen from Grey Gardens, a now-dilapidated estate belonging to Kennedy’s cousin and aunt. The estate is currently seeking the return of the painting and have filed suit. Terry Wallace, the suit’s target, dismissed the estate’s claims: “I got the painting 30 years ago from a very reputable art and antiques dealer. I can't give you the name, but I can only tell you they were reputable. They were in the Hamptons and the painting came with a very good title. It has a very good provenance.”

See Estate of Grey Gardens Socialite Sues for the Return of a Long-lost Portrait of 19-year-old Jackie Kennedy That Was Found Hidden Away in a Hamptons Art Gallery, Daily Mail.com, February 10, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2018/02/estate-of-grey-gardens-socialite-sues-for-the-return-of-a-long-lost-portrait-of-19-year-old-jackie-k.html

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