John Currin painted his work Bea Arthur Naked over 20 years ago, however it still grabs attention. His work depicting the late "Golden Girls" actress embodies feminism and a sense of humor. The piece is controversial in the smartest of ways.
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The painting will be sold at Christie's "Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale" in New York City tonight. Early estimates suggest the piece could sell for $1.8-$2.5 million. Say what you want about the piece, but not every painting showing a female topless could rank in millions of dollars.
The painting has a history. It originally "made a small stir with his commercial-gallery debut, in 1992, which featured acrid fantasy portraits of menopausal women -- images suspended, in his words, 'between the object of desire and the object of loathing,'" wrote Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker in 2003, according to Hollywood Reporter.