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Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sells for record $119.9 million

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Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream,” one of the world’s most recognizable works of art, sold for  119.9 million US dollars (£74 million) at an auction.It was created in 1885 and is the only version with a frame hand-painted by Munch which includes a poem explaining his inspiration for the piece.The famous image, which features a haunted figure in front of a red backdrop, surpassed estimates to become the most expensive work of art to be sold at auction following the sale in New York.It is one of four versions created by the Norwegian expressionist painter.

Scream dream: It was 'only' expected to fetch £50m

The pastel work, which is one of the most recognizable images in the world, had been expected to fetch at least 80 million US dollars (£50.4 million) at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s.But it was finally snapped up for the world record amount by a phone bidder following a 12 minute bidding war. The price includes the buyer’s premium.The famous picture was put up for sale by Norwegian businessman Peter Olsen whose father was a friend and patron of the artist.

 one of four versions painted by Munch


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