EDVARD Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, in New York, this evening, alongside paintings by other modern artists. Entitled ‘Impressionist & Modern Art Evening’, the night’s headlining sale will be Munch’s famous expressionist piece, which is to be sold at an estimated 80 million dollars.
Famous for its extreme focus on anxiety and stress, this 1895 piece is one of four of its kind and is the only form that is in private hands. Also known for its influence on psychoanalysis, it is regarded as the most stolen painting in art history.
If the painting sells at its estimated price, it will be ranked as the sixth most expensive painting in art history, trailing behind Van Gogh, Klimt, de Kooning, Pollock and Paul Cézanne with ‘The Card Players’, which sold for a record-breaking 250 million dollars.
Other paintings on sale include Picasso’s ‘Femme assise dans un fauteuil’, Salvador Dalí’s ‘Printemps necrophelique’ and Alfred Sisley’s ‘Un Noyer dans la prairie de Thomery’. The event commences at 7.30pm, New York time.
Fintan YT Walsh