'The Scream' sold for $120 million

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Edvard Munch - The Scream

From CNN.com:
A pastel version of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch fetched nearly $120 million from an anonymous buyer Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

Previously, the most expensive artwork ever sold there was Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," which brought in $106.5 million two years ago. The previous record for a Munch work of art was just over $38 million.

The version of "The Scream" on the block Wednesday was one of four -- two pastels and two paintings -- executed between 1893 and 1910, Sotheby's said, and is one of the best-known images in modern art.

It's also the only version a private collector can get their hands on at public auction. The other three are housed in National Gallery of Norway and at the Munch Museum in the Norwegian capital, according to Sotheby's.

Munch also created a lithograph of "The Scream" in 1895, the same year he executed the pastel auctioned on Wednesday.
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2 comentarii:

Janny said...

pic shows wrong version of the painting. he drew 4, and that one is not the one that was recently sold...n00b.

Purvis Evans said...

It isn't just ugly ~ it's APE UGLY.
And that's an insult to our primate cousins.

Can you imagine ANYONE wanting to hang that thing on a wall?
Maybe on a Bela Lugosi B-movie marquee?

When another version of it was stolen . . .
I breathed a sigh of relief. Who knew there were four versions?

"The Scream" looks like it took the artist nearly half an hour to paint!
What's with that red panel down the right side?
If it were a flagpole, then we're seeing the lower half
of Old Glory, which of course is accidental.

"The Scream" reminds me of the degenerate art the Nazis burned.
I've seem images of some of it, and while there isn't a Nazi fiber
in my body, that's one bonfire I would have condoned.

Now comes anonymous buyers paying $120-million . . . .

I could just . . . scream!

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