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Farrah Fawcett’s long-standing companion, Ryan O’Neal, has reacted to the controversy surrounding his possession of Andy Warhol’s portrait of his deceased wife. The University of Texas is suing O’Neal, alleging that Fawcett willed the portrait to them and that the portrait does not belong to him. The university also believes that O’Neal may have other pieces of art that Fawcett intended for them.
A representative for O’Neal stated, “This is a completely ridiculous lawsuit. Ryan O'Neal's friendship with Andy Warhol began 10 years prior to his meeting Farrah Fawcett. When Ryan introduced Andy to Farrah, Mr. Warhol chose to complete two portraits of her, one for Ms. Fawcett and one for Mr. O'Neal. Mr. O'Neal looks forward to being completely vindicated in the courts.”
According to the N.Y. Post, the portrait in question is valued at $30 million.
Fawcett passed away in 2009 at the age of 62. She suffered from anal cancer.