Golden Girl Bea Arthur’s Nude Painting Sold for $1.9 Million at Christie’s Auction House

bea-003Artist John Currin painted a nude portrait of the late Golden Girl Bea Arthur, in 1991. Although Arthur never actually posed for the painting, the topless portrait sold for $1.9 million at Christie’s auction house. The buyer has remained anonymous.

The oil paint portrait, titled ‘Bea Arthur Naked’, was created by artist John Currin in 1991, with a focus on showing the late actress nude from waist up. Currin claimed that he had created the portrait from a photograph which showed her fully clothed.


Arthur passed away at the age of 89 in 2009 after a long battle with cancer.

The actress had a long successful career which included starring in TV shows such as ‘Maude’ and ‘The Golden Girls’ alongside Betty White during the 1970s and 80s and earning the title of second most nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, with nine nominations throughout her career, and picked up several accolades.

Best of Bea Arthur as ‘Dorothy’ on the Golden Girls