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‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

Posted on Feb 22, 2012

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.  —KA


The 1895 work, which is going under the hammer in May, was created using pastels and is the only version still in private hands.

A Sotheby’s spokesperson has suggested the artwork’s price tag could exceed $80m (£50m).

Recognisable image
Prior to the sale, the work will be displayed in London for the first time, before it is exhibited in New York.

The piece, which features a haunted figure in front of a red backdrop, is one of the most recognisable images in the world.

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