When Lady Gaga got together with Tony Bennett to record a song for the new album “Duets II” they did a little more than just sing together. Apparently, nude artwork is also part of Bennett’s recording process. Bennett sketched Lady Gaga nude and now the 18 x 24 charcoal painting is going up for auction.
The nude Lady Gaga painting had a starting bid of $5000 when the auction started today. At the moment, the price is already up to $7700. (The reserve still hasn’t been met.) The eBay auction, which you can bid on here, will end on December 19th.
All proceeds from the sale of Bennett’s painting will go to Tony Bennett’s charity, Exploring the Arts, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
“Tony Bennett created this charcoal portrait of Lady Gaga using Prismacolor Premier Art vine Charcoal sticks working on Fabriano Artisico heavy weight watercolor paper. The portrait measures 18″ x 24” and is signed by the artist, using his given name “Benedetto” which is how Tony Bennett signs his original artwork.”
The auction also includes items like the Mercura sunglasses and the Brian Atwood heels that Lady Gaga wore during the Vanity Fair photo shoot, as well as a poster of the Vanity Fair cover signed by Lady Gaga. Tony Bennett is putting up a limited edition print of his “Gondola, Venice,” and a signed copy of “Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life in Art and Music.”
Here’s Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga singing “The Lady is a Tramp.”
Bennett also recorded with Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Mariah Carey, and Faith Hill for his new album Duets II. Gaga is the only artist (we think) that posed nude for the legendary crooner.
How much do you think Tony Bennett’s nude sketch of Lady Gaga will go for?