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Ryan O'Neal gives emotional testimony about keeping Farrah Fawcett portrait by Andy Warhol

By Gina DiFalco,

Before Farrah Fawcett passed away in 2009, she gave her artwork to her alma mater, the University of Texas Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art. Among those works were two Andy Warhol portraits of the Oscar nominated actress. The school already has one, and they'r now trying to get the other one from Fawcett’s longtime partner Ryan O’Neal.

O’Neal testified on Wednesday that he would be heartbroken if the painting was taken from him.

"I talk to it. I talk to her." O'Neal said on the witness stand on Wednesday, CNN reports. "It's her presence in my life and her son's life. We lost her. It would seem a crime to lose it."

He added, "I plan to keep it in our family as long as there's a family.”

LA Times reports that O’Neal also said Warhol gave the artwork to him himself.

He was there when Warhol photographed the late Fawcett for the artwork. When the couple went to Warhol’s New York studio to pick it up, the famed artist gave one copy to Fawcett and one to O’Neal. While one of the paintings is in the University of Texas’ possession, the other hangs in O’Neal’s bedroom.

The painting is appraised at $800,000 to $1 million but O’Neal said he would never sell it, as it’s a family heirloom that he wants their son Redmond to have one day.

image: Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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