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The Saga of UT and Ryan O´Neal´s
Battle For Andy Warhol´s Farrah
Fawcett Portrait Has Finally Ended

Texas Monthly, by Dan Solomon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/12/2014 5:53:57 AM

The battle over possession of one of the two Farrah Fawcett portraits by Andy Warhol has been one of the weirder legal reality shows of the past few years. Both Ryan O´Neal (Fawcett´s former lover) and the University of Texas made a claim the painting in question. Fawcett, upon her death in 2009, left her art collection to her alma mater, a collection that included the two portraits by Warhol, painted during his friendship with Fawcett and O´Neal in the late seventies, with an estimated value in the neighborhood of $12 million each. However, O´Neal claimed that the reason there

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 6/12/2014 6:09:13 AM     (No. 9882570)

I had limited interest in this case, but I was curious as to why O´Neal won. This article sheds no light on that at all. It spends a lot of time discussing how strong UT´s position was going into the trial, but never explains what legal principles led to them losing.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 6/12/2014 7:30:53 AM     (No. 9882633)

This is news because....?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 6/12/2014 8:03:09 AM     (No. 9882688)

I´m suspecting O-Neil is broke and wanted the pictures to sell. Now he´ll have to sell them to pay for his lawyers. Karma.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BarryNo, 6/12/2014 9:09:14 AM     (No. 9882799)

I have to ask either how bad the UT legal team was or how compromised the jury was.

Everything points to a miscarriage of justice, to me.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/12/2014 9:39:25 AM     (No. 9882837)

If memory serves, the painting was given to him in the first place.

They were together for many years. No matter what one may think of O´Neal, she cared enough about him to stay with him for a long time. And to give him the painting.

Somehow it ended up in a wrangle over her estate.

Even this Texas publication seems to think the decision was right. Just miraculous in light of the power and resources of UT. I saw no whining about miscarriage of justice, though it did take a number of paragraphs to disclose what the headline was about.

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