Topless potrait of Beatrice Arthur fetches USD 1.9 million

The nude picture of late actress Beatrice Arthur was sold for 1.9 million dollars to an anonymous buyer at New York auction this Wednesday night. It was sold at a lower price than expected. The painting was expected to fetch around 2.5 million dollars.

Named ‘Bea Arthur Naked’, this painting was created by artist John Currin way back in 1991. Actually, Beatrice Arthur never modeled naked for Currin; he painted the sketch from a clothed photo of Bea Arthur. The owner’s name was kept under wrap due to some unknown reason.

Beatrice Arthur was hugely popular for her portrayal of Dorothy Zbornak in the hit comedy "The Golden Girls."

She acted in "The Golden Girls" for seven years. Arthur also played popular characters in the TV shows like, "All in The Family”, “Maude”.

She once said in an interview about John Currin’s painting, "Maybe [Currin] was attracted to the feminist movement of the 1970s. Because of 'Maude,' I was the Joan of Arc of feminism. He certainly couldn't have done anything with Marlo Thomas of 'That Girl.'"

However, Currin says he always considered Arthur "more of a maternal figure than a feminist icon. I watched 'Maude' all the time when I was a kid. She's a genius. She's funny because she's so much smarter than everyone around her."

Arthur passed away at the age of 89 in 2009 after a battling against cancer for a long period.