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Bea Arthur topless painting fetches $1.9M in NYC

Friday - 5/17/2013, 5:50am  ET

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This image provided by Christie's Auction House shows a 1991 painting by artist John Currin entitled "Bea Arthur Naked". The painting was sold at auction by Christies in New York, for $1.9 million during their "Post War and Contemporary Art Sale, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. According to Christie's, the image was based on a photograph of the late television actress with her clothes on. (AP Photo/Christie's Auction House/Edited by WTOP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A painting of actress Bea Arthur topless has sold for $1.9 million at a New York City auction.

The painting is by artist John Currin and is titled "Bea Arthur Naked." It sold at Christie's auction of postwar and contemporary art on Wednesday. It had been expected to bring in between $1.8 million and $2.5 million.

Christie's hasn't said 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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