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March 07, 2016

Facebook Is Battleground in Family Feud Over Late Whitney Museum Trustee's Will

The children and surviving husband of the late Melva Bucksbaum, who was a Whitney Museum trustee, are waging a public battle over her $100 million estate, Vanity Fair reports.

Ms. Bucksbaum, who was vice chairwoman of the Whitney Museum, died last summer at age 82, leaving behind a $100 million fortune. In her will, Ms. Bucksbaum left $10 million and a $25 million home to her husband, Raymond Learsy, also a board member.

But Mr. Learsy claims he is entitled to half of her fortune, including more properties and an art collection, which includes works by Frank Gehry, Henri Matisse, and Richard Serra. Her wealth came from first marriage to shopping-mall magnate Martin Bucksbaum. Ms. Bucksbaum's children have been fighting back on Facebook, with a son saying that what Mr. Leary is doing “spits in my mother’s face.”

Note: A previous version left out the word "million" when referring to the "$100 million estate."