Jury finds portrait of Fawcett belongs to O’Neal

December 19, 2013 • Entertainment

HOLD FOR STORY — In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 file photo, actor Ryan O’Neal, right, leaves court after he testified in a Los Angeles courtroom about his relationship with Farrah Fawcett and his claimed ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. The Warhol portrait of Fawcett belongs to O’Neal, a Los Angeles jury determined Thursday, Dec. 20, 2013. The verdict will allow O’Neal to keep the portrait in his beachside home, where he has said it remains a powerful reminder of his decades-long relationship with Fawcett. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For most of the last 33 years, an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett has hung in the home of her longtime lover, Ryan O’Neal, and a jury’s verdict Thursday ensures that is where it will stay.

For nearly a month, O’Neal has been in a courtroom as lawyers for the University of Texas at Austin sought to gain possession of the portrait, arguing that Fawcett bequeathed the artwork to the school upon her death.

O’Neal fought back and testified last week that the portrait was his closest remaining connection to Fawcett, who died in 2009. The actor’s descriptions of talking to the portrait and feeling the presence of the “Charlie’s Angels” actress were among the last words that jurors focused on, asking to hear his testimony again Thursday Login to read more

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