If you’ve got a couple million dollars laying around, you could have been the proud owner of a naked Bea Arthur painting. In an art auction (link contains painted nudity) Wednesday, May 15, a 1991 painting of the “Golden Girls” star topless sold for $1.9 million. The painting, simply titled “Bea Arthur Naked,” is by artist John Currin.
Arthur never sat for the portrait, nor did she actually pose topless. Instead, Currin relied on a photo of a clothed Arthur for the basis of his piece. Though the painting is 22 years old, it’s still causing a little controversy.
When the Daily Beast (link contains painted nudity) posted a link to an article about the work on their Facebook account, the site locked them out. In posting the link, a thumbnail image of the painting appeared, showing breasts. Facebook flagged the post as against the rules, placing them on a 24-hour ban. Of course, posting paintings isn’t actually against Facebook’s terms of service. Eventually they were able to get it sorted out, and the Facebook page was reinstated.