'The Scream' Sold for a Record $120 Million

If he were alive, Edvard Munch would've screamed. You see, his iconic painting The Scream (the pastel version - one of four that Edvard has drawn) has just sold for a record $120 million at auction to an anonymous buyer.

The other three versions of The Scream are all owned by Norwegian museums, but Sotheby's say the version they sold is the most colourful.

It is also the only one to include a poem by Munch on the frame, which talks of the inspiration behind the series of works.

It reads: "I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.

"My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."

The bidding lasted only 12 minutes: Link


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When I first saw this painting, when I was a kid, young teenager, I guess. I thought: This is a joke, right? Some kid did this. This is elaborate graffitti, right?

As I got older, I figgered it out.

I was right. Everybody just shuts up about it, right?
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