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Edvard Munch’s Iconic Artwork The Scream Sold For Record $120m

Edvard Munch’s Iconic Artwork The Scream Sold For Record $120m

By James Drakeford

This week has seen the most expensive art work ever to be auctioned when Edvard Munch’s The Scream sold for $119.9m (£74m) in New York.

Seven people were bidding for the world famous artwork at Sotherby’s auction house but it was finally snapped up by a bidder over the phone. The Norweigen painter made three other versions, but this pastel piece is special as he wrote a poem on the frame, explaining his inspiration for the piece. The crowd was so impressed, they clapped after the sale.

If you are interested in getting into art, or want to build your collection then you can’t go wrong with a visit to Sotheby’s. Since 1744, Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world's treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection.

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