A pastel version of ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch fetched nearly $120 million from an anonymous buyer, on Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction. An initial presale estimate for the artwork was least $80 million, being the highest ever listed at Sotheby’s, and it sold for $119,922,500 which includes the premium paid to Sotheby’s.
Previously, the most expensive artwork ever sold there was Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust’, which raked in $106.5 million two years ago. The previous record for a Munch’s artwork was just over $38 million.
The version of ‘The Scream’ was one of four — two pastels and two paintings — executed between 1893 and 1910, Sotheby’s said, and is one of the best-known images in modern art.