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Farrah Fawcett portrait worth $12 million, expert tells jury

Actor Ryan O’Neal, right, leaves court after he testified in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, about his relationship with Farrah Fawcett and his claimed ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. The Oscar-nominated actor is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which is seeking to gain possession of the portrait which it claims the actress bequeathed to the university.
Actor Ryan O’Neal, right, leaves court after he testified in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, about his relationship with Farrah Fawcett and his claimed ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. The Oscar-nominated actor is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which is seeking to gain possession of the portrait which it claims the actress bequeathed to the university.
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Actor Ryan O’Neal, right, leaves court after he testified in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, about his relationship with Farrah Fawcett and his claimed ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. The Oscar-nominated actor is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which is seeking to gain possession of the portrait which it claims the actress bequeathed to the university.
"Farrah Fawcett", a Polaroid portrait by artist Andy Warhol, is displayed at Sotheby's during a preview of The Polaroid Collection, in New York, June 16, 2010. It was the basis for the Warhol painting in dispute.
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An appraiser says an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million.

New York art appraiser Lee Drexler told a jury being asked to consider who owns the artwork that the piece is an extraordinary piece of Warhol's art.

O'Neal is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which wants the actor to turn over the painting because Fawcett left the school all her artwork upon her death in 2009. O'Neal contends the portrait was a gift to him from Warhol.

Drexler's opinion could be used if a jury opts to award the university damages from O'Neal.
The university rested its case after Drexler's testimony Friday.