Jimmy Kimmel May Have Bought That Nude Golden Girl Painting (UPDATE)
UPDATE: Maybe not? Later on May 24, Jimmy tweeted, "Contrary to 'news' reports, I didn't buy the Bea Arthur painting - not even for @realjeffreyross - but I did buy the Mona Lisa Lampanelli."
The sign of true best friendship? When your buddy buys you a $1.9 million painting of a nude woman who, at the time the portrait was painted, was in her 70s.
We reported last week that a nude portrait of the no-nonsense Golden Girls star Bea Arthur, painted in 1991 by John Currin, had sold for almost $2 million at auction. Now, because dreams do come true, we may know the name of the buyer: one Jimmy Kimmel.
No, he's not a Bea Arthur fanatic. But he is a really, really generous friend!
The apparent owner of the painting is Jimmy's friend, comedian Jeffrey Ross, who outed Jimmy as the probable buyer on Twitter: