Wednesday, May 2, 2012
'The Scream' Sells for $120 Million at Auction
The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," sold by Christie's in 2010.
Sotheby's said its pastel-on-board version of "The Scream" is the most colorful and vibrant of the four and the only version whose frame was hand-painted by the artist to include his poem, detailing the work's inspiration.
In the poem, Munch described himself "shivering with anxiety" and said he felt "the great scream in nature."
Of course, there is much to scream about in the modern day world: central banks, banksters, recessions, government debt, unemployment, inflation and creeping totalitarianism. It's no wonder, that the painting sold for a record in this world.