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Saudi gov't said to buy childhood home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Merrywood is the Virginia estate that was once the childhood home of the wife of former US President JFK

Saudi gov't said to buy childhood home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis

The government Saudi Arabia has reportedly bought the US estate that was once the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of former US President JFK.

The purchase price was put at $43 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The estate, called Merrywood, in the Washington DC suburb of McLean, Virginia, was sold by AOL founder Steve Case, the newspaper said.

It added that the official purchaser was the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but it is not clear what the property will be used for.

The Saudi Embassy couldn't immediately be reached for comment, the newspaper said, adding that it is believed to be the most expensive sale price for real estate in the area.

Built in 1919, the seven-acre estate was the main home of Jacqueline Bouvier in the 1940s. The property has a swimming pool, tennis court, and a pavilion with an indoor lap pool, kitchen, gym and changing rooms.

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