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The $120 Million Scream

Photo: Sotheby's

Photo: Sotheby's

Is any painting worth $120,000,000? If you believe that auctions set the fair value of art, then the answer would appear to be yes, as reported below by AP via San Jose Mercury News. (As an aside, there’s an interesting piece at VICE UK entitled ‘I’m Sick Of Pretending: I Don’t “Get” Art’.)

It’s a scream that’s still reverberating around the world.

One of the most iconic images in art history—Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”—has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

During an intense 12 minutes, the 1895 artwork—a modern symbol of human anxiety—was sold at Sotheby’s in New York City on Wednesday for a record $119,922,500. Neither the buyer’s name nor any details about the buyer was released.

The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust,” sold by Christie’s in 2010.

Munch’s 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.

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