Bea Arthur had an impressive life and career, and it’s no wonder that an artist would like to compose an image of her at her best. Artist John Currin depicted Bea Arthur in oil paint on canvas, and the piece became noteworthy for one reason: it depicts a topless Bea Arthur. Well, Christie’s Auction House had their Post War and Contemporary Art Sale on Wednesday, and Currin’s painting “Bea Arthur Naked” was the star of the show. An oil painting of a topless Bea Arthur sold for $1.9 million dollars (warning: uncensored painting at link).
Bea Arthur was pretty impressive, both in regard to her height and in terms of what she was able to accomplish. She had a great one-woman show a few years ago before her death, she was part of one of the better ensemble comedies in network TV history in “The Golden Girls,” and she was a decorated military veteran and one of the first female Marines to enlist. Apparently she also had a decent rack, at least according to the imagination of John Currin, who based his picture on clothed images of Bea Arthur.
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