Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The $120 Million Scream: Edvard Munch's Iconic Painting Sells for Record Sum

Update: Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream broke all the records when it sold at auction last night for almost $120 million, Sotheby's is reporting. This is the largest sum ever paid for a painting. The previous record was $106 million for a Picasso painting. The winning bid came via telephone. The auction house has not yet disclosed who the winning bidder is.

A world-famous painting by celebrated Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is set to be auctioned off in May, and the starting bid is an earth-staggering $80 million!

This is the fourth version of the  iconic painting titled The Scream, which will go to auction at New York City's famed Sotheby's on May 2. The pre-sale bid of $80 million is the highest starting bid for any item in the history of the prestigious auction house. The 1895 pastel-on-board work of art is the only privately owned version of the renowned painting, belonging to a Norwegian businessman whose father was Munch's friend and patron. Two versions of the work belong to the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, while another is at the National Museum, also in Oslo.

The painting rose in notoriety with the release of the Wes Craven directed horror movie Scream in the mid-90s. The killers in the film wore masks that were said to be modeled on the screaming figure in the expressionist painting. 

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