'The Scream': Edvard Munch's painting goes for $119.9 million

the-scream-edvard-munch-auction-120-million-art"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."
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