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Friday 18 April 2014

Ryan O'Neal wins court battle over Warhol painting Of Fawcett

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989.
Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989.

Hollywood actor Ryan O'Neal has won a bitter legal battle over ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett, who was his lover for 30 years.

A jury in Los Angeles decided the painting -- said to be worth up to $12m (€8.8m) -- belongs to O'Neal rather than the University of Texas, to which Fawcett bequeathed her art collection when she died of cancer in 2009 aged 62.

In a three-week trial, O'Neal (72) gave emotional evidence in which he was forced to discuss how in 1997 Fawcett caught him in bed with a 25-year-old woman, which left Fawcett feeling "pitiful and disgraced".

The portrait at the centre of the dispute was one of two made by Warhol in 1980. After Fawcett died, the university received one of them and later put a claim in for the other.

But, O'Neal said that Warhol -- whom he had known since the 1960s -- gave one painting each to Fawcett and himself, and that the university was pursuing both out of simple greed. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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