Bea Arthur topless painting goes for almost $2 million

Bea Arthur topless painting goes for almost $2 million

Bea Arthur topless painting goes for almost $2 million

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- How much would you pay for a topless painting of actress Bea Arthur? The answer: just shy of $2 million, if you go by the price paid at auction for the painting by John Currin.

The auction was done by Christie’s—but it isn’t saying who bought it.

The painting was expected to fetch between $1.8 and $2.5 million.

The painting was done in 1991 -- and depicts the late TV actress in the buff from the waist up. The auction house says the image was based on a photograph of the actress—with her clothes on.

Arthur won Emmy Awards for her work on “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” She died in 2009 at age 86.
 

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