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
Pollock's drip painting "Number 19, 1948" brought in $58.4 million, easily exceeding the high end of expectations of $35 million.
Basquiat's painting "Dustheads" fetched $48.8 million. An Andy Warhol self-portrait went for $5.2 million.
Other artists represented in the auction were Urs Fischer, Cy Twombly, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Frank Stella and Donald Judd.
Nestled among the highly valued works of art was Currin's "Bea Arthur Nude," an oil painting that depicts "The Golden Girls" actress, who died in 2009, with her breasts bared. The piece had been expected to bring in $1.8 million to $2.5 million.
Currin is known for his sexually provocative paintings, some of which depict famous women in various states of undress.
On Tuesday, a