Farrah Fawcett Portrait in Middle of Court DebateBy: Jennifer Curra - November 14, 2013
Farrah Fawcett, the icon of the 70’s, had her beauty immortalized in artwork that is now the center of heated debates and court proceedings. Fawcett’s Alma Mater, the University of Texas, has brought a lawsuit regarding ownership of a silkscreen picture against Ryan O’Neal, who famously shared a glamorous yet rocky and public relationship with the blonde celebrity.
Though O’Neal had previously spoken about the violent outbursts that happened throughout his relationship with Fawcett, he remains adamant that the portrait was a gift to him from his late love interest.
Fawcett indicated in her will that all artwork in her possession was to be given to the University of Texas. When receiving the artwork, an Andy Warhol portrait of Fawcett was delivered. With the help of an informant, it soon came to the attention of the university officials that a second portrait had also been completed. Detectives were hired by the officials at the university to locate the second portrait, which was ultimately found in Ryan O’Neal’s home.
There are two sides to every story, and according to O’Neal the second portrait was a gift from Andy Warhol, himself, to O’Neal. However, the situation has gotten messy. Trustees of the university have sued O’Neal, and he has countersued the university over a different Warhol sketch, which he claims is a personal belonging of his that has somehow ended up in the university’s Blanton Museum of Art.
Though the beauty died in 2009 on the same day as Michael Jackson, fans the world-over still hold a torch for the beloved Charlie’s Angel.[Image Via Wikimedia Commons]