Chilling Photos Reveal A Different Side To History

Rare Collection | December 22, 2020

Polaroid of Farrah Fawcett taken by Andy Warhol in 1979

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There's no doubt that Farrah Fawcett is one of the most beautiful women of the 1970s, so it's not a surprise that Andy Warhol wanted to snap a Polaroid of her for his series of somewhat candid shots of famous people. At the time, the photo was a one-off lark, but as time has gone on, original paintings of the photo have become pieces of contention for Fawcett's family.

Warhol painted two portraits of Fawcett after she posed for him in September 1980, and even though Fawcett claimed that the portrait was hers when she passed away in 2009, he former partner Ryan O'Neal claimed that it was his. This wasn't a big deal until her will stated that "all" of her artwork would go to the University of Texas, but O'Neal wanted to keep the portrait, which has been appraised to be worth $18 million, for himself.

O'Neal won the painting in a trial after claiming that it was his final connection to Fawcett, saying:

I talk to [the painting], I talk to her. It’s her presence in my life and her son’s life. We lost her. It would seem a crime to lose it.

But now it seems that O'Neal no longer has compunctions about holding onto the piece.

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.