The Scream’ painting breaks world record auction sale

Iconic painting ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch has been sold for $119.9m becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

Created in 1895, the piece went to auction at Sotheby’s in New York and was won by an anonymous telephone bidder.


The sale beat the previous world record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction which was held by Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust. It sold at Christie’s in New York for $106 million (€80.6m) in May 2010.
On Wednesday night in New York after more than 10 minutes of tense bidding, beginning at $40m, the previous record was broken.
Two anonymous telephone bidders battled it out from about the $80 million mark and slowly inched into world record territory.
The masterpiece was put on the market by Petter Olsen, a Norwegian businessman, whose family knew Munch and who have owned the portrait since the 1930s.
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