Culture Pie: Fawcett Tea with a Pinch of Warhol Sugar

Farrah Fawcett, the “It Girl” of the 80s who is best known for her role in the hit television series Charlie’s Angels, passed away from cancer in 2009. In her will, she left all of her artwork to her alma mater, University of Texas.

In 1980, Andy Warhol painted two portraits of Fawcett. The University of Texas has one, and Ryan O’Neal- Fawcett’s longtime love- has the other. As it concerns that other portrait in O’Neal’s possession, University of Texas wants to “hook ‘em” for its own collection. The portrait, estimated to be worth millions (Warhol’s portraits sell for an average of 7.8 million) was supposedly taken by O’Neal from Fawcett’s home after she passed. (Note: the removal was approved by the estate’s trustee.)

O’Neal’s argument is that Warhol painted one portrait for Fawcett and one for O’Neal. O’Neal’s copy of the portrait only sat in Fawcett’s home because a girlfriend did not like it hanging over O’Neal’s bed. O’Neal is counter suing for a tablecloth that Warhol drew hearts on along with the names “Farrah” and “Ryan O’N” and the words “Houston Texas’.

Who ever thought that a piece of art would provided such tea to sip on! This slice of culture pie feels more like a biscuit to nibble on while this tea continues to brew. Now this portrait ownership dispute is being determined by a jury (who is currently deliberating the case)- but we’d like to know who you think this portrait belongs to?

 

Portrait of Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol

Portrait of Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol

 

Polaroid of Fawcett that was taken by Andy Warhol

Polaroid of Fawcett that was taken by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol photographing Farrah Fawcett

Andy Warhol Photographing Farrah Fawcett

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