This is the highest amount of money ever paid for a work of art at auction. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s famous pastel “The Scream” went for $119,922,500 yesterday at Sotheby’s. (What’s with the last $22,500?). The paper adds:
Besides “The Scream” and Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust” [JAC: that one went for $106,500,000 two years ago], only two other works have sold for more than $100 million at auction. Those are Picasso’s “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice)” for $104.1 million in 2004 and Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” for $104.3 million in 2010.
It was sold by a Norwegian businessman to an anonymous telephone bidder. Imagine what a Leonardo or a Rembrandt would go for these days if it ever reached auction!
Here, according to Wikipedia, is what Munch said about the genesis…
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