Published on February 21st, 2012 | by James Johnson1
Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ Expected To Fetch $80 Million At Auction
Edvard Munch created four versions of his immediately recognizable The Scream portrait and now one of those versions is going on sale in New York on May 2 where its expected to fetch upwards of $80 million.
That expectation is the highest pre-sale value ever placed on a work of art by auction house Sotheby’s.
The 1895 pastel-on-board is privately owned, while the other three versions are already placed in museums around the world. Pre-auction exhibitions for The Scream will be held in both London and New York.
According to Sotheby’s the current version is the “most colorful and vibrant” of the four and including an inscription from Munch on the paintings frame that reads:
“My Friends walked on-I remained behind/shivering with Anxiety-I felt the great Scream in Nature.”
The owner of the painting inherited it from his father who saved 74 of Munch’s photos during the destruction of various works by the Nazi regime. Proceeds will help build a museum, art center and Norwegian farm on the owner’s property.
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