The Volusian State Sheriff’s Office wants to remove a statue of George Washington that has been hanging in a private home since the 1970s.
In the meantime, they are asking for a private appraisal of the property, which they say is valued at more than $5 million.
The Washington statue has been in the home of his son, Vernon Washington, since the 1980s.
It was originally hung at the home in New Albany, a small community in western New York, by his grandson, Vernon George Washington III, in the early 1900s.
The statue, which has been removed from its spot in the house, has been the subject of numerous court battles.
A lawsuit filed by Vernon George Bush Jr. in the 1980’s accused the family of selling it for a profit, but that suit was dismissed.
The lawsuit alleged that Vernon George W. Bush Sr. and his sons sold the property for $1,400 a piece, and then moved the statue into the home.
Since Vernon George Jr. moved the property in 2000, the lawsuit says, his wife, Jill, has “misused and/or defrauded” the estate.
The complaint also said the estate has violated the terms of a deed that allowed the sale of the home to the Bush family.