Thursday, May 03, 2012

What a 'Scream'!

One of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” -- there are four versions of the Norwegian artist's painting, one of the most recognizable images in the history of art -- sold at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night to a buyer from Norway for $119.9 million. It became the most ever paid for an artwork at auction, surpassing recent records set by Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” ($106.5 million), the Giacometti bronze “Walking Man I” ($104.3 million) and Picasso's “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice)” ($104.1 million). The buyer's name was not released, but the seller was a Norwegian businessman whose father was a friend of the artist. Proceeds from the sale will go toward building a new museum in Norway. The New York Times has the full story HERE.

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