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Despite her death from cancer in 2009, Farrah Fawcett lives on as the ultimate style icon of the Seventies and Eighties (see for yourself in the gallery below).

Of course, one image of the famed Texas blonde is forever burned into the minds of fans (especially males) everywhere -- that of Fawcett, circa 1976, with her head thrown back, grinning wide, tousling her own big curly locks and rocking a smoking hot one-piece cotton bathing suit in a cherry red hue and with a plunging v-neck.

That garment, which helped sell a whopping 12 million posters, will head to the prestigious Smithsonian museum today along with other items from the iconic actress.

Actor Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's longtime partner, will be on hand to present the pieces and hand them over to the museum's popular-history collection. Nels Van Patten, a friend who witnessed Fawcett's historic swimsuit shoot, will also be there.

In addition to the swimsuit, the Smithsonian will receive an original copy of the storied poster, a jigsaw puzzle featuring the image, a "Farrah Phenomenon" edition of TV Guide from 1976, a leather-bound book of Fawcett's "Charlie's Angels" scripts, a "Charlie's Angels" edition of Time magazine from 1976, an original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a Farrah's Glamour Center hairstyling toy for those trying to achieve Fawcett's much-copied feathered 'do.

Fawcett's sexy bathingsuit isn't the only piece of fashion history hanging in the musuem, read up on which iconic garment Michelle Obama donated last year.