Edvard Munch's The Scream set to fetch £50m at auction
Published: 2nd May 2012 17:18:42
Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream is tipped to fetch more than $80 million (£50m) when it goes up for auction in New York later.
Its depiction of a man screaming beneath a vivid sunset is one of the world's most recognisable images.
The 1895 pastel, one of four versions created by Munch, is owned by a man whose father knew the expressionist.
The record price for a painting is the $106.5m (£65.7m) paid for Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust in 2010.
The other three versions of The Scream are all owned by Norwegian museums. But Sotheby's say the example they are handling is the most colourful.
It is also the only one to include a poem by Munch on the frame, which talks of his inspiration behind the series of works.
I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”
It reads: "I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.
"My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."
The painting is being sold by businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was friendly with the Norwegian artist.
He plans to donate the proceeds towards the building of a museum and art gallery in the town of Hvitsten, where Munch and his father both lived.
Earlier this year, Olssen spoke of his decision to sell The Scream.
"I have lived with this work all my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time," he said.
"Now, however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work."
Two of the other versions of The Scream were stolen, in 1994 and 2004 respectively. Both were later recovered.
The only two other works to top the $100 million mark are Picasso's Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice), which sold for $104.1m in 2004, and Alberto Giacometti's Walking Man I, which went for $104.3m in 2010.
At 17:04:51 in SportWarwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says Jonathan Trott is making good progress recovering from a stress-related illness but insists an England return is not an immediate priority.
At 16:55:05 in ScotlandPolice have praised the "sensible attitude and good behaviour" of the majority of people at the Wickerman Festival in southern Scotland.
At 16:50:43 in ScotlandScotland may contain "significant" shale oil and gas resources which could provide an economic boost if successfully exploited, according to a report.
At 16:50:40 in EnglandA team of 100 police officers will be deployed to London's West End in a move to mimic policing in New York.
At 16:49:23 in SportEngland had to settle for silver as Singapore retained their men's table tennis team gold with a 3-1 win in a repeat of the Delhi final in 2010.
At 16:48:01 in EnglandA mental health clinic for older people has opened at St Saviour's hospital in Jersey, after a £3m redevelopment.
At 16:45:50 in SportScotland's Jen McIntosh has claimed a bronze medal in the 50m rifle prone event at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.
At 16:41:04 in EnglandGuernsey's government-owned airline, Aurigny, is to fly between the island and London City Airport.
At 16:35:31 in EnglandAbout 40,000 people have gathered in a Birmingham park for one of the biggest Eid events in the UK.
At 16:33:24 in Northern IrelandA man tried to kill his partner by suffocating her with a plastic bag, a quilt and duct tape in front of his elderly mother, a court has been told.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Edvard Munch's The Scream set to fetch £50m at auction [Online] (Updated 2nd May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1426120/Edvard-Munchs-The-Scream-set-to-fetch-50m-at-auction [Accessed 28th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
A team of 100 police officers will be deployed to London's West End in a move to mimic policing in New York.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown says Jonathan Trott is making good progress recovering from a stress-related illness but insists an England return is not an immediate priority.
An app to help theatre-goers follow plays in other languages is being launched by a theatre company in Wales.
Police have praised the "sensible attitude and good behaviour" of the majority of people at the Wickerman Festival in southern Scotland.
Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.