You might know her as "Maude "or perhaps as your favorite Golden Girl, but I doubt most of you know Bea Arthur the muse. This cropped image above shows a portion of the 1991 painting by artist John Currin. The full picture depicts Bea Arthur topless. The painting is aptly called "Bea Arthur Naked."
No, Bea Arthur never actually sat for this portrait. Currin, who is known for his sexually provocative paintings, used his imagination. The painting sold at auction Wednesday for $1.9 million.
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