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Halloween is Always a ‘Scream’

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“The Scream,” a pastel version of the painting of the same name, by Edvard Munch, fetched nearly $120 million in May 2012 from an anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Experts had expected the masterpiece to break new ground at the famed New York auction house; its presale estimate of at least $80 million was the highest ever listed at Sotheby’s.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

It sold for $119,922,500, which includes the premium paid to Sotheby’s.

Previously, the most expensive artwork ever sold there was Pablo Picasso’s painting “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust,” which brought in $106.5 million two years ago. The previous record for a Munch work of art was just over $38 million.

The Scream by Edvard Munch