Ryan O'Neal Can Keep Portrait of Farrah Fawcett: Jury Decides Andy Warhol Print Belongs to Star's Longtime Love

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By Natalie Finn Dec 20, 2013 12:09 AMTags
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Farrah Fawcett's place above Ryan O'Neal's bed will not be disturbed.

A jury has determined that a silkscreen portrait of the late actress by Pop Art legend Andy Warhol rightfully belongs with O'Neal, who was battling the University of Texas at Austin, for ownership rights.

Fawcett bequeathed all of her artwork, including a Warhol print, to her alma mater, which in turn took O'Neal to court to argue that the Warhol piece hanging in his bedroom belonged to the school. The actor had countered, saying that Warhol made two for her in 1980 and Fawcett, who died in 2009, had given one to him.

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The jury ruled 9-3 in favor of O'Neal after a three-week trial that included testimony from Fawcett and O'Neal's son, Redmond, who supported his dad. Fawcett's former Charlie's Angels costar Jaclyn Smith also came to court to watch the proceedings.

O'Neal emotionally testified that he often talked to the portrait and it helped him feel connected to his longtime love, with whom he says he was again living with when she was battling cancer after decades of on-and-off romance.

The 40-by-40-inch portrait is "her presence, her presence in my life, in her son's life," the Love Story star said on the stand. "We lost her. It seemed a crime to lose it, too."

The jury heard experts place the portrait's value at anywhere between $800,000 and $12 million.