More details continue to emerge about the gaudy life led by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in his prison cell earlier this month.
A large, garish painting depicting a young woman straddling a dead lioness was hung on the wall of the sex offender’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico since at least 2013.
The artwork was photographed by a contractor working in Epstein’s mansion who estimated the oil painting was roughly 6ft-by-6ft and was hanging at the bottom of his sprawling home’s staircase on full display ready to greet guests.
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The artwork was photographed by a contractor working in Epstein’s mansion who estimated the oil painting was roughly 6ft-by-6ft and was hanging at the bottom of his sprawling home’s staircase on full display ready to impress guests
Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, is seen in an aerial view near Stanley, New Mexico
‘It was huge – at least 5-by-5, 6-by-6 – in the main house, at the bottom of the stairs in the basement near the laundry,’ the contractor, who wished to remain anonymous, told Fox News.
‘We would talk about how creepy it was, this strange painting with nothing else around it. From the minute you got there, you felt the uneasy vibe.’
The bizarre big cat painting is just one of a string of recent eyebrow-raising items to emerge from Epstein’s vast art collection.
According to reports, other multi-million dollar home were strewn with a eclectic – and creepy – array of works, including a mural of a prison yard with Epstein at the center, framed prosthetic eyeballs, human dolls hanging from chandeliers and photos of naked women.
None more so however than the ‘Parsing Bill’ oil painting featuring former President Bill Clinton, Epstein’s former friend, posing seductively in the Oval Office wearing a blue Monica Lewinsky-style dress.
In his New York apartment in New York’s Upper East Side the billionaire pedophile had a taxidermy tiger in front of the desk of his home office as well as a small poodle off to the side in front of a chest of drawers.
Epstein also had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels in his home
New York apartment: He also had a small toy poodle dog (left) that stood in front of a chest of drawers. Behind his office chair, up against a bookcase, was a painting of a woman dressed in red, cupping her bare right breast (right)
Photos show the wood-paneled New York office decorated with red-and-black floral rugs, a crystal chandelier, a large bookcase and matching candelabras.
Behind his office chair, up against a bookcase, was a painting of a woman dressed in red, cupping her bare right breast.
Meanwhile, nearly two dozen corrections officers at the federal detention center where Jeffrey Epstein died of an apparent suicide earlier this month have reportedly received grand jury subpoenas in the investigation into the disgraced financier’s death.
A source with knowledge of the probe told CNN as many as 20 officers received the subpoenas last week as investigators are trying to unravel what went on at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on the night of August 10.
The painting is reportedly an oil-on-canvas named Femme Fatale by Dutch-French artist Kees van Donge worth $5.9million. Pictured: Epstein’s office
More subpoenas could be on the way as the probe by the FBI and the Justice Department’s Inspector General expands, the source said.
Investigators hope to speak with the lieutenants who were in charge in the hours before Epstein was found hanged in his cell to determine why he was left alone despite strict instruction not to leave him unattended.
On Wednesday General William Barr said the probe is ‘well along’ despite ‘a number of witnesses’ refusing to cooperate.
‘A number of them required having union representatives and lawyers before we could scheduled interviews,’ Barr said.