‘The Scream’ Is Auctioned for a Record $119.9 Million

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
wwooowww One thing's certain is that the art market is doing well. Here is a great article wrote by Carol Vogel about the new record for a work of art in an auction house:

"It took 12 nail-biting minutes and five eager bidders for Edvard Munch's famed 1895 pastel of “The Scream” to sell for $119.9 million, becoming the world’s most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction. Bidders could be heard speaking Chinese and English (and, some said, Norwegian), but the mystery winner bid over the phone, through Charles Moffett, Sotheby’s executive vice president and vice chairman of its worldwide Impressionist, modern and contemporary art department. Gasps could be heard as the bidding climbed higher and higher, until there was a pause at $99 million, prompting Tobias Meyer, the evening’s auctioneer, to smile and say, “I have all the time in the world.” When $100 million was bid, the audience began to applaud.

The price eclipsed the previous record, made two years ago at Christie’s in New York when Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” brought $106.5 million. Munch made four versions of “The Scream.” Three are now in Norwegian museums; the one that sold on Wednesday, a pastel on board from 1895, was the only one still in private hands. It was sold by Petter Olsen, a Norwegian businessman and shipping heir whose father was a friend, neighbor and patron of the artist. The image has been reproduced endlessly in popular culture in recent decades, becoming a universal symbol of angst and existential dread and nearly as famous as the Mona Lisa....."



  1. Cannot believe someone paid so much money for a painting when millions are dying in third world countires, could have helped the poor. Why?
    Have you looked into arabic art?

  2. Hi!the buyer might be also an art foundation, an institution, a trust found, a bank we don't know...unfortunately arabic art isn't my specialty. I only know a fea artists. D.