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Sotheby's to Sell Munch's 'The Scream' in the Spring

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sotheby's auction house announced Tuesday that one of four versions of Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" will go on the block on May 2. It estimates the work will sell for $80 million or more.

Sotheby's says this pastel-on-board version of "The Scream" is the most colorful and vibrant of the four renditions and the only one with a frame hand-painted by the artist to include his poem detailing the work's inspiration.

"Munch's "The Scream" is the defining image of modernity," said Simon Shaw, senior Vice President and Head of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art department in New York. "Instantly, recognizable, this is one of the very few images which transcends art history and reaches global consiousness."

The 1895 drawing is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of Munch's. It's the only version of "The Scream" still in private hands.

The work will be on view at Sotheby's in New York City starting April 27. It will lead the spring Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.

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