A silkscreen of Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol has become the focal point of a legal dispute between Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett’s on-again, off-again partner from 1979 until her death in 2009, and the University of Texas.
O’Neal claims Warhol, personally gave him the 1980 portrait of the “Charlie’s Angels” beautie, which may be worth $30 million, and he only left it at Fawcett’s house briefly when a girlfriend took issue with it being in his own home. He says he retrieved it after Fawcett’s death, according to a report on the “Today” show on Wednesday (Nov. 13).
The university, however, maintains that Fawcett left all of her artwork to the school in a living trust, though O’Neal purports that the University of Texas is “greedily … trying to take (his) cherished portrait of the love of his life.”
The dispute with be heard in Los Angeles Superior Court, beginning Wednesday, in a two-week trial. The list of possible witnesses includes bold-print names such as O’Neal, his and Fawcett’s son Redmond and Fawcett’s former “Charlie’s Angel” co-star Jaclyn Smith.
As for who’s likely to win the case? “It may come down to how good of an actor Mr. O’Neal is,” probate and estate attorney Kenneth Ostrove tells “Today.” “If he can play out that emotional side of it, be believable.”
Who do you think will win the trial?