‘The Scream’ Just Became The Most Expensive Piece Of (Meh) Art Ever Sold At Auction

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The Scream‘ by Edvard Munch, one of those paintings you see and immediately think, ‘I bet my unborn child could crap out something on par with that’, just became the most expensive piece of art sold at auction.

After ‘12 nail bitting minutes‘ at Sotheby’s, as the New York Times put it, ‘Skrik’ (Norwegian for Scream) went for an astonishing $119,922,500, surpassing Picasso’s ‘Nude, Green, Leaves, and Bust‘, which sold for $106.5 million back in 2010.

A bourgeois side note, the most expensive piece of art sold in general, was ‘The Card Players by Paul Cézanne. Bought by the Royal Family of Qatar for $250 million.

The inspiration for ‘The Scream‘ is described by Munch in a poem, which appears on the frame:

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. 

 

All those emo lyrics and the best Edvard could muster was an alien on a bridge with a red background being sucked into a blackhole.

Real cool.

Fun fact: the pose later became the inspiration for this moment of cinematic gold:

Some other things you could buy for that money:

-This 25,000 sq ft house in California:

$100 million

-All 20 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento that were made, plus you could probably commission Lambo to make you more with the $79,922,500 you’d have left:

$2.9 million a piece

-This 222 acre island in the Bahamas (and have $10 million left over to buy this plane to get you there):

$110 million and comes with a floating dock with 35 slips, a 2,800 ft airstrip and plans for 38 buildings totaling 70,000 sq ft

-A ridiculous amount of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s:

599,612,500 nuggets to be exact

In other news, a poster of ‘The Scream‘ costs $1.99 on Amazon.

More at Boston.com, The New York Times, The Daily Beast and Gawker

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About Steve Tsentserensky

I'm 27. I went to The Ohio State University. I work in film/tv. I like movies, music and pictures. I'm also a huge fan of travel (anywhere), sports (all but baseball and cricket) and winter (not in the northeast though). Follow me on twitter (@chkchkwoo) for thoughts in 140 character increments or to complain about/discuss anything you've read by me. See my photo/video work here: www.sbtproductions.com

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