Jury says portrait of Fawcett belongs to O’Neal

ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer
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This photo released by courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art shows Andy Warhol's 1980 painting of "Farrah Fawcett." (AP Photo/Blanton Museum of Art, Copyright The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)

This photo released by courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art shows Andy Warhol’s 1980 painting of “Farrah Fawcett.” (AP Photo/Blanton Museum of Art, Copyright The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury says an Andy Warhol portrait of late actress Farrah Fawcett belongs to actor Ryan O’Neal and he should be allowed to keep it.

The panel of six men and six women reached its verdict Thursday after a three-week trial. O’Neal has maintained for years that the portrait, one of two Warhol created, was a gift from the artist in 1980.

Fawcett left all of her artwork to the University of Texas at Austin, which sued O’Neal to gain possession of the portrait. The school received another version of the Fawcett portrait after the actress’ death in June 2009.

O’Neal testified the artwork remained a treasured memento of his relationship with Fawcett. He said he wanted to leave it to his son with the actress, Redmond O’Neal.

 

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