It’s a battle of the elite: The sons of two of America’s most prominent families are entangled in a lawsuit over an abstract painting of palm trees.
On the plaintiff’s side is Best Buddies International, a Miami Beach-based non-profit founded and run by Anthony Shriver, a nephew to John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.
Shriver, 52, is also the son of Special Olympics founders Eunice Shriver and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, and the brother of former newswoman Maria Shriver.
And on the receiving end is Palm Beach resident Ryan Brant, stepson of former Victoria’s Secret supermodel Stephanie Seymour and son of New York society darling and former billionaire businessman Peter M. Brant.
Best Buddies claims in its breach-of-contract complaint that Ryan Brant ripped off the charity.
In December 2013, according to the paperwork, Brant, 45, was at the Best Buddies’ annual Art-Basel-related modern-art auction when he entered a short bidding war for a green-and-yellow abstract canvas.