The Scream sold for $119.9 Million… to who?


A while ago I wrote about the pastel version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” going up for auction and its value sat at $40 million. Well, it turns out that a figure like that was poscket change.

Sotheby’s took around 12 minutes to auction the piece off for close to $120 Million to someone on the phone. Who? Rumors were circulating that it was financier Leonard Blavatnik, the Microsoft tycoon Paul Allen or members of the Qatari royal family. It was not, as was hoped, a public museum.

Looks like this image will disappear into the mystery area of private collecting, not to be seen again for some time.


About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on May 3, 2012, in Art, Arts, Business, creativity, event, history, News, Opinion, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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