Photo: via Sotheby’s
Records were shattered last night at Sotheby’s when “The Scream” by Edvard Munch sold for $119.9 million—making it the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.The buyer, who bid by phone, remained anonymous. The seller was Petter Olsen, a Norwegian businessman.
With a huge attraction like “The Scream,” it can be easy to forget that it was just one of dozens of paintings sold last night.
The sale totaled $330.56 million, exceeding the presale high estimate of $323.4 million.
Several paintings belonging to the late Theodore J. Forstmann, a Manhattan financier, were also included in the sale. One of them, Picasso’s “Femme Assise Dans un Fauteuil,” a 1941 portrait of Dora Maar, sold for $26 million, making it the second most expensive item of the evening.
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