‘The Scream’ Fetches Record $119.9 Million in New York Auction

The Scream Sets a RecordBy KELLY CROW, Source: The Wall Street Journal

Let the art market roar. Norwegian painter Edvard Munch became the most expensive artist at auction Wednesday when his 1895 pastel of a terrified man clutching his cheeks along an Oslo fjord, “The Scream,” sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby’s—the most ever paid for a work of art at auction.

The purchase surpasses the $106.5 million spent two years ago for Pablo Picasso’s 1932 portrait of his mistress, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” as well as Alberto Giacometti’s earlier record of $104.3 million for his 1960 spindly bronze sculpture, “Walking Man I.” Continue reading