In the ongoing legal battle with the University of Texas, Ryan O’Neal testified about the Andy Warhol paining of his ex-girlfriend, the late Farrah Fawcett. In his testimony, O’Neal stated under oath that he communicates with Farrah Fawcett through the famous painting of her that now hangs in his Malibu home.
Shortly after Farrah Fawcett’s death, Ryan O’Neal went into her home and removed the iconic painting done by eccentric painter, Andy Warhol. O’Neal claims that the painting belongs to him and that he had every right to remove it from her condo.
The University of Texas on the other hand insists that Farrah Fawcett left a large part of her art collection to them in her will and the painting was bequeathed to them as a part of the collection. Now ownership of the painting is in the hands of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
O’Neal, 72, testified that, “I look at it [the painting] and I talk to her. It’s her presence in my life, my son’s life. We lost her and it would be a crime to lose it too.”
Ryan O’Neal took the stand for the second time in the lawsuit. The University of Texas is attempting to be granted ownership of the second of two paintings of Fawcett sketched by Warhol in 1980. The university already has the other one and is determined to be able to hang the two paintings side by side in the university’s art museum.
While testifying, O’Neal was questioned by his attorney, Martin Singer regarding a third tablecloth drawing down by Warhol with hearts that O’Neal claims was a tribute to himself and Fawcett. O’Neal said, “He saw how Farrah and I had fallen in love and he wanted to express what it meant to him.”
“In a state of shock” because of his long time love’s death, Ryan O’Neal claims that he didn’t realize that the trustee of her living trust, Richard Francis had given the tablecloth drawing to the University of Texas. Regarding the situation, O’Neal said, “I would have balked.”
When the paintings were presented to Fawcett, O’Neal claims he was also present and insists that Warhol stated, “This is for you, Farrah, and this is for you, Ryan.” Unfortunately, Andy Warhol could not be questioned about the paintings as the famous artist died in 1987.
In 2011, during an episode of the reality TV show, “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals”, the Warhol portrait of Fawcett was seen hanging in O’Neal’s home. It prompted the University of Texas for file suit against O’Neal.
While O’Neal contends that Warhol gave this second painting to him, lawyers for the university insist that the portrait belongs to the school because Fawcett donated all of her artwork to them through her living trust.
Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett’s son, Redmond O’Neal is scheduled to testify this week.
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