“The Scream” by Edvard Munch is one of the most famous paintings in the world and it just sold at auction for an astounding sum. The 1895 painting that is a symbol of anxiety was sold at Sotheby’s on May 2 for $119.9 million
According to USA Today, the 1895 artwork — a modern symbol of human anxiety — was sold at
Sotheby’s Wednesday evening. The version of “The Scream” sold is
one of four painted between 1893 and 1910. This is a record sum for a painting. The proceeds will go to building a new museum, art center and hotel in Norway.
The painting’s image has been “used
by everyone from Warhol to Hollywood to cartoons to teacups and
T-shirts,” said Michael Frahm of the art firm Frahm Ltd. “Together with the “Mona Lisa,” it’s the most famous and recognized image in art history.”