Scream Painting: Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” Sold for a Record-Breaking Price

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One of the art world’s most recognizable images – Edvard Munch’s The Scream – has been sold for a record-breaking price worth $119,922,500 at auction in New York City, international news sites reported on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Scream painting Edvard Munch

Image Credit: AP

The 1895 artwork – a modern symbol of human anxiety – was sold at Sotheby’s. The price includes the buyer’s premium.

The image of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is one of four versions by the Norwegian expressionist painter. The auctioned piece at Sotheby’s is the only one left in private hands.

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

 

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