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    Farrah Fawcett Painting Custody Dispute Continues, Ryan O'Neal Says Andy Warhol Portrait "Is Mine"

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    The battle continues for Ryan O'Neal and the University of Texas.

    The 72-year-old actor is claiming that an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner, Farrah Fawcett, is his.

    O'Neal took the stand and told the jury residing over the case on Monday that he "removed the painting a week or more after she died," and that it now resides over his bed in his Malibu beach house.

    "The painting is mine," he added in the court.

    The Charlie's Angels beauty, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009, left her extensive art collection to her alma matter in her will.

    Both O'Neal and Fawcett received paintings from the famous artist in 1980, after a visit at his New York City studio famously dubbed The Factory.

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    The school is currently in possession of one of the Warhol pieces, which is slightly different from the one O'Neal still has, and showcases the artwork in their Blanton Museum of Art in Austin.

    The legal battle began in 2011, when the university sued the Love Story star demanding that he give them the second painting.

    O'Neal vehemently disagreed, however, alleging that the portrait was a gift from the iconic artist to him personally. He also claimed that UT did not have legal rights to a signed sketch Warhol did of the onetime couple on a cloth napkin when the trio were at dinner decades ago.

    Trustees at the university begged to differ and stood by their beliefs that the painting belongs in Blanton alongside its twin.

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