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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