Long lost portrait of 19-year-old Jackie Kennedy at the heart of legal battle between eccentric family estate and East Hamptons art dealer

Mail Online | 2/11/2018 | Daily Mail Online Reporter
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A long lost painting of former first lady Jackie Kennedy is at the heart of a legal battle as her relatives dight to get the portrait back.

Squirreled away in the East Hamptons for nearly 60 years, the forgotten work is believed to have been stolen from Grey Gardens, the notorious haunt of Jackie's aunt and cousin, 'Big Edie' Beale and her daughter 'Little Edie.

Life - Squalor - Delusion - Documentary - New

Their eccentric life of squalor and delusion was later immortalized in a documentary filmed in 1975, according to The New York Post.

Commissioned by Jackie's father in 1950, Irwin Hoffman's painting shows a then 19-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier from the neck up, smartly dressed with fragile eyes staring cleverly out from the framed canvas.

Jackie - Father - John - Vernou - Bouvier

Jackie's father, John Vernou Bouvier III, commissioned the painting and bequeathed it to his sister Big Edie.

Bouvier had his daughter immortalized in oils shortly after she fell in a horse-riding accident and spent several days unconscious, the Post reports.

Scar - Incident - Portrait - Post - Notes

A scar from the incident can be seen in the portrait, the Post notes.

The painting may have been stolen during a rare outing for Big Edie and her daughter in 1968.

Worth - Property - New - York - Magazine

Upon their returned, they discover they'd been robbed of $15,000 worth of property, New York Magazine reported in 1972.

The mother-daughter duo, however, were reluctant to call the authorities as they were tangled in a long-running dispute with the police over the downtrodden state of their house.

Edie - Year - Estate - Disrepair - Army

Big Edie died a few year later in 1977, with the once-grand 1897 estate nearly in complete disrepair and occupied by an army of feral cats and filth.

Before her own death in 2002, Little Edie urged her nephew, Bouvier Beale Jr., and his wife, Eva, to recover the family's stolen items, according to the Post.

Years - Eva - Beale - Painting

Two years later, Eva Beale said that she spotted a painting...
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