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David Letterman jokes about $2 million naked Bea Arthur portrait


UPI News Service, 05/16/2013 

David Letterman is poking fun of the recent $2 million sale of a nude portrait of the late U.S. actress Bea Arthur.

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The 1991 painting by John Currin shows the "Maude" and "Golden Girls" star naked from the waist up. The artwork was sold at a Christie's auction in Manhattan Wednesday night.

Arthur died of cancer in 2009. She was 86.

Letterman read the Top 10 "Questions to Ask Yourself Before Spending $2 Million on a Painting of a Naked Bea Arthur" on Wednesday's edition of "Late Show" in New York.

It went as follows:

10. "Should I discuss this with my therapist?"

9. "Can it possibly live up to how I've imagined her naked?"

8. "What's the catch?"

7. "Is the auction clothing-optional?"

6. "Is this what people mean when they say, 'Dude, you're into some weird stuff?'"

5. "How many more images of a naked Bea Arthur do I need?"

4. "Why has no one snatched this up already?"

3. "Will it go with my bronze statue of Shelly Winters?"

2. "Can I have it delivered in time for Father's Day?"

1. "How much for just the frame?"


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