Bea Arthur Painting Fetches $1.9 Million At Auction

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(LA TIMES) — Did it come with a card attached that says, “Thank you for being a friend”?

A 1991 painting depicting a topless Bea Arthur that was created by artist John Currin has sold at an auction Wednesday for $1.9 million. The sale was part of a larger Christie’s auction in New York of post-war and contemporary art that brought in a total of $495 million — a record figure for any art auction.

The Christie’s sale featured 72 items by many of the most coveted names in 20th century art. Works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat brought in record auction amounts. Among the collectors reported to be in attendance were Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, J. Crew Chief Executive Millard Drexler and model Kate Upton.

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