UT Sues Ryan O'Neal for Warhol Portrait
(CN) - The University of Texas at Austin claims Ryan O'Neal refuses to deliver one of two Andy Warhol portraits of Farrah Fawcett, which Fawcett donated to her alma mater, UT-Austin.
Farrah Fawcett was "discovered by a publicist" while she attended UT-Austin in the 1960s, the school says in its complaint in Los Angeles Federal Court.
In the early 1980s, after she had become famous as one of "Charlie's Angels," Warhol did two portraits of the actress and gave them to her. She owned them until she died on June 25, 2009.
The UT claims that in the Fawcett Living Trust, "Fawcett left all of her artwork and objects of art to UT Austin." But after she died, "UT Austin received only one of Ms. Fawcett's Warhol portraits. Thereafter, UT Austin discovered that Mr. O'Neal had taken possession of the missing portrait," according to the complaint.
It continues: "Mr. O'Neal has wrongfully converted the missing Warhol portrait that belongs to UT Austin. On information and belief, Mr. O'Neal may have converted other works of art from Ms. Fawcett's collection that rightfully belong to UT Austin. Mr. O'Neal was not included in Ms. Fawcett's will, nor in the Fawcett Living Trust, and Ms. Fawcett's express wishes as stated in the Fawcett Living Trust have been thwarted by such conversion. UT Austin files this lawsuit to recover the missing portrait that Ms. Fawcett left to her alma mater."
O'Neal had an on-again, off-again relationship with Fawcett. They were not married.
UT-Austin's lead counsel is Charles Paterson with Morrison & Foerster.