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Bea Arthur in the Buff

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Christie's auction house in New York City reported that a May 15 sale of a painting of late actress Bea Arthur — nude from the waist up — by artist John Currin in 1991 had sold for $1.9 million. Currin said he made the painting from a photograph of Arthur clothed, and Arthur, known for her roles in TV's "Maude" and "Golden Girls," appears younger in face and body in the painting than on the TV shows.

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