‘The Scream’ Sets a New Record with a $120 Million Sale

From The Atlantic Wire:

An unknown bidder paid $119.9 million for Edvard Munch’s iconic painting last night, setting a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single work of art. The rare private sale of one of the art world’s most recognizable (and most widely copied) images was met with aggressive bidding, that not only pushed the bill past the previous standard — a $106 million Picasso — but boosted the prices of dozens of other notable works that were also on the block at Sotheby’s.

Munch actually created four versions of “The Scream” in 1895, but this is the only one that still remains in private hands, with the other three all hanging in Norwegian museums.

The Scream always strikes me as one of those fantastic paintings that has become so ingrained in culture that it’s easy to take for granted.

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