For the last 33 years, a portrait made by Andy Warhol of Farrah Fawcett hung in Ryan O’Neal’s home and a jury on Thursday granted that, that is where it should stay. For almost a month, O’Neal, Fawcett’s longtime partner, has been in and out of a courtroom as lawyers from the University of Texas at Austin sought to gain possession of the portrait, arguing that the late actress bequeathed the piece to them upon her death.
O’Neal fought back and provided testimony last week that the artwork was his closest remaining connection to the late actress who passed away in 2009. The actor’s testimony of speaking to the portrait and feeling the presence of the late Charlie’s Angels star was the focus of the jurors who asked to hear his testimony for the second time on Thursday. After 90 minutes of reviewing the testimony, the jury returned a 9-3 verdict in favor of O’Neal.