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  • 21 December 2013, 15:35

Farrah Fawcett Portrait Stays With Ryan O'Neal

An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett that has been at the centre of a court battle belongs to actor Ryan O'Neal, a jury has ruled.

The verdict will allow O'Neal, who had a decades-long relationship with the late Charlie's Angels star, to keep the portrait in his Malibu home.

Fawcett's alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, had claimed ownership of the painting, saying it was part of a donation by the actress.

O'Neal had taken the portrait from Fawcett's home days after her death in 2009, with the permission of the trustee of Fawcett's belongings.

He said the painting was a gift becauseO'Neal had helped arrange the artist's sessions with Fawcett.

During a three-week trial, Fawcett's final wishes and her relationship with O'Neal were dissected.

Several of Fawcett's close friend testified that the actress had told them that the portrait belonged to O'Neal.

The actor said the artwork serves as a powerful reminder of his relationship with Fawcett.

"I talk to it,"he testified last week.

"I talk to her. It's her presence. Her presence in my life."

The painting is one of two portraits of the actress created by Warhol in 1980. The other, nearly identical one, was left to Fawcett's alma mater, along with other artwork.

The university said: "We are disappointed that the jury saw the evidence a different way, but we will continue to honour Farrah with the Warhol portrait we do have along with her other works of art."

O'Neal, however, told jurors he had no intention of selling it and wanted to pass it down to his only son with Fawcett, Redmond.

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