Topless Painting Of Actress Bea Arthur Sells For $1.9 Million

NEW YORK (May 17, 2013)--A painting by artist John Currin of actress Bea Arthur topless sold for $1.9 million at a New York City auction.

"Bea Arthur Naked" sold at Christie's auction of postwar and contemporary art Wednesday.

It was expected to bring in between $1.8 million and $2.5 million.

Christie's didn’t say who bought it.

The 1991 oil painting depicts the late television actress nude from the waist up.

Christie's said Thursday the image was based on a photograph of her with her clothes on.

Arthur gained fame for her Emmy Award-winning roles in "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" in the 1970s and '80s.

She died of cancer in 2009 at age 86.

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