Scream Painting: Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” Fetches $119 Million At Auction

By on May 3, 2012 in Arts, Lifestyle, United States, World Comments
The Scream Painting
The Scream Painting of Edvard Munch
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The Scream painting of Edvard Munch was put up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City on Wednesday evening, May 2, 2012 and was sold for a record-breaking price, international news reported on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

The Scream painting is said to be one of the most recognizable paintings in history and it was sold for $119,922,500. The 1895 artwork of Munch that shows a modern symbol of human anxiety beat out Pablo Picasso‘s “Nudε, Green Leaves, and Bust” sold by Christie’s in 2010 for the most expensive artwork ever auctioned.

“The image has become part of pop culture, used by everyone from Warhol to Hollywood to cartoons to teacups and T-shirts. Together with the Mona Lisa, it’s the most famous and recognized image in art history,” Michael Frahm of the London-based art advisory service firm Frahm Ltd. was quoted saying in a report.

Reports said that the Scream painting was sold by a Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and supporter of Edvard Munch.

“The moment has come to offer the rest of the world the chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work,” Petter Olsen was quoted saying in a report.

The Scream painting was said to be the only one left in private hands among the four versions of the Norwegian expressionist painter. Proceeds from the sale will fund a new museum, art center and hotel in Hvitsten, Norway in honor of Edvard Munch‘s life and work.

Scream Painting
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A closer look of the Scream painting by Edvard Munch.

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