‘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.
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.
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:
-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:
-A ridiculous amount of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s:
In other news, a poster of ‘The Scream‘ costs $1.99 on Amazon.