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04 May 2012

Scream dearly

The Scream at Sotheby's

EDVARD MUNCH's iconic composition The Scream sold for a record $119,922,500 at Wednesday's auction at Sotheby's. Actually, it was one of the four Screams that Munch had created between 1893 and 1910. This record-shattering Scream was a pastel that Munch composed in 1895, but it still screams of the familiar agonized figure against a fiery red sky—the same figure that has been eternally copied in modern pop culture, not the least of which are those murderous Scream slasher movies.

While ordinary mortals scream when paying a hefty price, last Wednesday's mystery buyer paid a hefty price to scream!


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