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Tony Bennett's Nude Sketch of Lady Gaga Up for Auction

Session arranged for 'Vanity Fair' photo shoot

December 12, 2011 6:00 PM ET

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga, charcoal on paper, 18' x 24'
© 2011 Benedetto/Bennett

Tony Bennett's nude sketch of Lady Gaga, made during an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vanity Fair, is up for auction. Bennett, who is a painter as well as a singer, made the drawing at Leibovitz's urging. 

The sketch is up for sale at eBay Celebrity, with proceeds to benefit the singers' foundations – Bennett's Exploring the Arts and Gaga's Born This Way. The two singers recorded a version of "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Bennett's recent Duets II album.

On her Thanksgiving TV special, Gaga joked about posing for the picture. "I walked in and said, 'Well, Tony, here we are,' and I dropped my robe and I got into position," she recalled. "I felt shy and thought, 'It's Tony Bennett. Why am I naked?"

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