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Painting of a Topless Bea Arthur Fetches $1.9 Million at Auction

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Bea Arthur Naked (Christie's)

Now this is Bea Arthur as you've never seen her before.

The late actress, who died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 86, was known for sporting an oversized blazer or two in the '80s sitcom "The Golden Girls" and long sweater vests on the '70s show "Maude."

But a work of art that depicts her as topless sold at a Christie's auction for a whopping $1.9 million in New York on Wednesday.

The artwork fetched an exorbitant price, even though Arthur never actually posed for the artist, John Currin, whose style focuses on women in the buff.

Currin created the oil painting, entitled "Bea Arthur Naked," in 1991, based on what he thought Arthur might look like under those clothes during her "Maude" days.

"I had a vision in my head of Bea Arthur, and I found a picture of her," Currin said, according to the Christie's website. "I was going to put a scarf ensemble on her like that from her Maude days, and I drew the body just to drape it. It was then that I realized that the painting was fantastic as it was."

"I loved being repelled by those two black eyes and falling back into these wonderful, soft breasts, which draw you back in."

Blanche Devereaux would be so jealous!

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