Sotheby's To Auction Munch's 'The Scream'

One of four versions of "The Scream" by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is going on the block this spring. All four versions of the painting show a man clutching the sides of his skull-shaped head, his mouth open. The one being offered by Sotheby's is the last still in private hands.

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One of the most famous paintings in art history, a version of "The Scream" by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is going on the block this spring. They're four versions of "The Scream," all show a figure clutching the sides of the head, mouth open. The one being offered by Sotheby's is the last that is still in private hands. It's owned by a Norwegian businessman whose father was a friend of the painter.

You may scream at the price. The pastel composition is expected to fetch at least $80 million.

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