The University of Texas’ long search for one of Andy Warhol’s portraits of the late actress Farrah Fawcett has finally come to a close thanks to reality TV. Before we delve into the details of the discovery, let me catch you up on why UT was hunting for the piece artwork in the first place.
Two years ago this week, Farrah, one of Charlie’s original Angels, passed away after losing her battle with anal cancer. I’m sure that she is still kicking ass and taking names with her feathered hair in heaven. In her last will and testament, the star left her vast art collection to UT, her alma mater, which included two matching Warhol paintings. One of these was given to the university, while the other portrait was never received. In its efforts to locate the work, UT went as far as to hire a private investigator. Its whereabouts remained a mystery until last Sunday.
On June 19, Ryan O’Neal (Farrah’s former lover) and Tatum O’Neal’s reality show debuted on Oprah’s OWN network. Farrah notoriously left Ryan, her on and off again boyfriend of 30 years, nothing in her will. Apparently, Ryan interpreted Fawcett’s wishes to donate all her artwork to UT and give him nothing as donating all her artwork to UT, well, besides that one Andy Warhol painting.
On the show, titled Ryan & Tatum: The O’neals, the Warhol was seen hanging above Ryan’s bed. If that wasn’t proof enough, Ryan’s estranged daughter Tatum revealed in her memoir that her father had the painting: “On every wall, there are pictures of us and the rest of the family….the original poster from Paper Moon, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Farrah.”
The Blanton Museum, which is currently displaying on of the Fawcett paintings, had no comment on the missing portrait or any private investigation. Ryan’s rep denied that the actor had betrayed Farrah’s will in testament, claiming “all of Farrah’s wishes expressed in her will had been fulfilled.”
The Insider breifly covered the discovery of the portrait here.
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