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Edvard Munch's "The Scream" fetches $120M at auction
CBS News.com ^ | May 2, 2012

Posted on 05/02/2012 7:00:17 PM PDT by Hojczyk

One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — sold Wednesday for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City.

The 1895 artwork — a modern symbol of human anxiety — was sold at Sotheby's. The buyer's name was not released.

The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," sold by Christie's in 2010.

The image has become part of pop culture, "used by everyone from Warhol to Hollywood to cartoons to teacups and T-shirts," said Michael Frahm of the London-based art advisory service firm Frahm Ltd. "Together with the Mona Lisa, it's the most famous and recognized image in art history."

A buzz swept through the room when the artwork was presented for auction as two guards stood watch on either side. Bidding started at $40 million with seven buyers jumping into the competition early.

The battle eventually boiled down to two phone bidders as the historic hammer price was finally achieved after more than 12 minutes. The record price includes the buyer's premium, an additional amount the buyer pays the auction house.

"If you look at the billionaires, there are only so many private islands they can buy, private jets, private yachts. There's only one Scream," said Sue Prideaux, who wrote a book about Munch and was in the room during the auction.

Munch's image of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is one of four versions by the Norwegian expressionist painter. The auctioned piece at Sotheby's is the only one left in private hands.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: beaucoupkroner; edvardmunch; lilyhammer; munch; norway; thescream

1 posted on 05/02/2012 7:00:21 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
If you go to the site they have a survey....it has not one Conservative site when asking about the internet and news...I put in free republic...
2 posted on 05/02/2012 7:03:23 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk; windcliff

Dang, I was outbid by just $119,922,250.


3 posted on 05/02/2012 7:05:10 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: I Drive Too Fast

You bastard...I was out at 100mm even!


4 posted on 05/02/2012 7:07:03 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Tagline removed at the request of someone who doesn't "get" Monty Python or Shakespeare.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Sooo, you were the one who drove the price up...


5 posted on 05/02/2012 7:08:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hojczyk

“The buyer’s name was not released.” How many folks have 100 million to spend on a painting?


6 posted on 05/02/2012 7:09:05 PM PDT by Tau Food
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To: Hojczyk
Who'da Thunk It?



How much lower can Western Civilization sink?



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

7 posted on 05/02/2012 7:11:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Hojczyk
The buyer's name was not released.

Oh yeah! This will look awesome next to my “Elvis Presley on Black Velvet.”

8 posted on 05/02/2012 7:12:45 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: Hojczyk

And to think that 47 years ago I had an occasion to buy it for pennies ($51 in today’s dollars.)


9 posted on 05/02/2012 7:15:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tau Food

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10 posted on 05/02/2012 7:22:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tau Food
How many folks have 100 million to spend on a painting?

11.

11 posted on 05/02/2012 7:22:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tau Food

spending 100 million on that picture is God’s way of saying ....you have too much money....That painting sucks big time...


12 posted on 05/02/2012 7:33:12 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Hojczyk

Looks like something painted by a five year old.


13 posted on 05/02/2012 7:36:31 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Hojczyk
I read an article in last Friday's "Wall Street Journal" about this auction. There are actually 5 iterations of "The Scream", one of which is a sketch, but IIRC, the article stated that this was the only one NOT in a museum already.

One potential buyer was quoted as saying that he'd be content with selling all of his other artwork, just to be able to sit in a room and look at this painting for hours on end. Don't know why this painting evokes such sentiments, but it's an interesting piece of artwork.

14 posted on 05/02/2012 7:47:49 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Tax-chick; Monkey Face; Silentgypsy
This will look awesome next to my “Elvis Presley on Black Velvet.”

*Sigh*

About 1982 I was riding around far north Austin on a motorcycle.

I came across an abandoned gas station and a guy in a van selling paintings on black velvet.

I found the Holy Grail of black velvet paintings: Elvis' Last Supper. A copy of the DaVinci fresco, but with Elvis in white sequined jump suit in the place of Christ.

I didn't just love it. I needed it with every ounce of my very being.

I didn't have bungee cords and it was a large painting - probably close to 36" wide, and I had another must-do errand and perhaps 25 miles to ride before I got home. I had no reasonable way to carry it.

The guy guaranteed me that he'd be there the next day. I put down a deposit and got a receipt with a phone number.

The next day I arrived in a car, but there was nothing at the site but cracked asphalt, weeds, and broken dreams. The phone number was a fake. I'm still searching for my Elvis' Last Supper on black velvet (and Disco David Crocket in Chinese, but that's another story).

15 posted on 05/02/2012 7:50:31 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Hojczyk

I wonder what the ‘Buy It Now’ price was.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 7:55:59 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Hojczyk

17 posted on 05/02/2012 8:26:59 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Better luck next time.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 8:35:40 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: SuziQ
One version was stolen from a museum in Norway several years ago--has it been retrieved?

Edvard Munch was a visionary. The painting represents his realization that someday Barack Obama would be elected President of the United States.

19 posted on 05/02/2012 8:42:52 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Hojczyk
A perfect example of why the art world lost me a long time ago.

It's a freaki'n crayon drawing drawing and the guy was probably stoned when he did it. There is nothing great about it.

When I became interested in the art world years ago, this is the kind of stuff I admired.

I really do appreciate skill far more so than 'expression' especially when I have no clue what the hell these 'artists' are pretending to express.

It is perfectly fine to appreciate beauty for beauty's sake and talent for what it shows.

The 'Scream' might be worth $100 Million in that Total BS world that Art has become, but I wouldn't hang that ugly damn sketch in my storage shed.

20 posted on 05/02/2012 9:23:28 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Hopefully, that will be the image he will see when looking into a mirror on Election Day.


21 posted on 05/02/2012 9:28:04 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Hopefully, that will be the image he will see when looking into a mirror on Election Day.


22 posted on 05/02/2012 9:32:44 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Ditto

You better take a closer look—I think somebody messed with the image of “Christina’s World” that you posted.


23 posted on 05/02/2012 10:19:40 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Ditto

You better take a closer look—I think somebody messed with the image of “Christina’s World” that you posted.


24 posted on 05/02/2012 10:19:56 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Hojczyk; windcliff; stylecouncilor

I always liked it. But $120M? No way.


25 posted on 05/02/2012 11:20:42 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Hojczyk

There’s [more than]only one Scream. Lots of sketches too.


26 posted on 05/03/2012 5:26:23 AM PDT by lucid discourse (got an uncontrollable urge. I got to scream and shout it.)
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To: Ditto
So what is going on in the bottom painting?

"Woman looking for contact lenses in the grass"?

"Woman wakes up at dawn after passing out on the lawn during a wild overnight party"?

Why is the sky a different color on the left? What kind of car is in the driveway?

How am I supposed to understand the picture when I don't know those details?

27 posted on 05/03/2012 7:29:29 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Hojczyk

I wish I had known about this earlier. I have two of them.


28 posted on 05/03/2012 7:31:57 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Hojczyk

The “buyer” had better pray that the “greater fool” theory lasts at least one more cycle.


29 posted on 05/03/2012 7:44:36 AM PDT by Zman516
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To: Ditto
Is this what you were thinking about with regard to appreciating artistic skills? I hear that the artist was able to create it only after getting himself plastered ...


30 posted on 05/03/2012 11:29:13 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Yep.


31 posted on 05/03/2012 12:27:26 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Age of Reason
You better take a closer look—I think somebody messed with the image of “Christina’s World” that you posted.

my bad... you are right. I was just looking quickly for some Wyeth painting as an example and didn't notice the subdivision someone pasted in.

Here's the proper link.


32 posted on 05/03/2012 6:56:21 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Verginius Rufus
So what is going on in the bottom painting?

Here's the background to the painting.

33 posted on 05/03/2012 7:00:36 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Is this what you were thinking about with regard to appreciating artistic skills?

Not at all. I don't especially care for that sentimental mass produced Hallmark stuff.

But I do very much appreciate fine draftsmanship and composition.

But then again, the NY 'Art Critics' just always demeaned the guy who did these as just a 'Commercial Artist.' Not a 'creative guy.' ;~))

He sure beat the hell out of the phonies like Jackson Pollock who followed him.

The problem with the fine art world today, is that first, you have to prove you are 'politically correct' and only after that, do you have the opportunity to perhaps be deemed talented.

34 posted on 05/03/2012 8:36:39 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Ditto

Thanks. I had seen the painting before but didn’t remember the red sunrise/sunset and didn’t remember the row of townhouses. I didn’t know the story behind the painting.


35 posted on 05/04/2012 7:19:41 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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