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Musical legend Tony Bennett sketched Lady Gaga naked for charity, and she’s finally on sale. E! Online reports:
As Vanity Fair subscribers may already know, January cover girl Lady Gaga didn’t just get her pose on for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. The pop superstar also stripped down to her born-this-way suit for none other than iconic crooner—and accomplished artist—Tony Bennett, whose charcoal sketch of Gaga debuted in the magazine and is now up for auction on eBay, with all proceeds going to charity. And, trust us, the only thing missing here is the Heart of the Ocean… The original portrait of a nude Lady Gaga stretched out and propped up on her elbows was drawn with Prismacolor Premier Art vine charcoal sticks on Fabriano Artistico heavyweight watercolor paper measuring 18 inches by 24 inches. Bennett signed the work “Benedetto,” as he does with all of his paintings and drawings. At press time, the going price was $5,400 with five days and 21 hours left to go. The dough will benefit Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring the Arts, which he founded with wife Susan Benedetto.
It’s a nice thought and all, sure. But I can’t even begin to imagine how much more cash they could’ve collected if their subject had her mouth stapled shut or her face obscured by a paper bag.