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Trial to decide fate of Warhol portrait of Fawcett

November 17, 2013 • National News


FILE – This March 5, 1989 file photo shows actors Ryan O’Neal, left, and Farrah Fawcett at the premiere of the film. “Chances Are,” in New York. Jury selection could begin as early as Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in a Los Angeles courtroom in a dispute between O’Neal and the University of Texas at Austin over the ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of Fawcett. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Warhol’s artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.

The case centers on a relatively simple question: does one of Warhol’s depictions of Fawcett belong to her longtime lover, Ryan O’Neal, or should it join its twin at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin?

To decide the case, jurors will hear testimony and see evidence focused on Warhol and O’Neal’s friendship, his relationship with Fawcett and the actress’ final wishes. The panel will likely Login to read more

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