The anonymous bidder that last week splurged a whopping $1.9 million on a nude portrait of Bea Arthur has been revealed as none other than Jimmy Kimmel.
Kimmel’s identity was revealed Friday when comedian Jeffrey Ross tweeted a photo of himself holding up the portrait with a caption that read “Biggest surprise of my life. Thank you @JimmyKimmel – the most generous guy in the world!”
Kimmel responded in kind by joking, “@RealJeffreyRoss Bea is watching over us, but especially you.”
John Currin’s 1991 nude made headline’s last week as one of the hot-ticket items in a record-breaking Christie’s auction that brought in a whopping $495 million for 70 lots on the block. The work, titled “Bea Arthur Naked,” was sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale in New York City on Wednesday, May 15.
Until now, the identity of the secret bidder had not been revealed.
Reps for Kimmel and Ross did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.