Munch's Scream could sell for over $80 million
A version of Edvard Munch's famous "The Scream" is set to go to auction and according to Sotheby's is expected to top the $80 million mark. The painting is one of four iteration's of the Norwegian artist's iconic work, and is the only one still in private hands. The back story of the 1895 work is a fascinating one.
The father of current owner Petter Olsen (who was the artist's neighbor) actually saved the painting from the Nazis who had removed it from public view calling it "degenerate". This particular version is distinct from the others in the vibrancy of its colors and the artist's inscription painted on its frame. "My Friends walked on-I remained behind/shivering with Anxiety-I felt the great Scream in Nature."
The work that shook the art world over a century ago (and graced the cover of Time in 1961) is still making waves.