Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ at Sotheby’s NYC may fetch $80 million

20120222 161233 Edvard Munchs The Scream at Sothebys NYC may fetch $80 million

One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” will be sold this spring in New York, Sotheby’s auction house. Sotheby’s estimates that the work, which has become a modern icon of human anxiety, will sell for $80 million or more.

The 1895 drawing of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of Munch’s. It is the only version of “The Scream” still in private hands.

The work will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern sale on May2nd. A price tag of $80 million would be among the highest-ever for an artwork. According to Sotheby’s, a total of eight works have sold for $80 million or more at auction. The record is $106.5 million for Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, sold in 2010 by Christie’s in New York.

The work will be on view at Sotheby’s in London starting April 13 and then in New York starting April 27.

www.sothebys.com/

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD Website, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FADwebsite. FADwebsite is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moving Image, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City and Canary Wharf Magazines and expert advisor to art fair Strarta.

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