May 2, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Sometimes beauty is trumped by the beast. After bullish expectations and an aggressive marketing campaign for an image considered the quintessential expression of modern horror, Sotheby'sNew York sold Edvard Munch's 1895 “The Scream” for $119.9 million on Wednesday night, setting a record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction. The top spot was previously held by Picasso's 1932 “Nude, Green, Leave and Bust” -- a painting of his much-younger lover Marie-Therese Walter that sold at Christie's in 2010 for $106.5 million.
April 30, 2012 |
Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel "The Scream" hits the auction block in New York on Wednesday. No official estimate for its monetary value is printed in Sotheby's catalog , but officials have not been shy about disclosing that they expect at least $80 million for the picture, still in the original frame annotated by the artist. When one of the world's most recognizable images is paired with the highest price any auction house has ever tagged on a work of art, the temptation for snark is nearly irresistible.
April 12, 2007 |
The theft-damaged Edvard Munch masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna" may require treatment by an eye surgeon to remove tiny splinters of glass during their restoration, the Munch Museum director said Wednesday. "That is one of the options under consideration," Lise Mjoes said in an interview after testifying at a court hearing in Oslo. She said an eye surgeon had the skills and equipment for removing glass fragments without damaging the surrounding area.
December 22, 2006 |
Experts fear that theft damage to Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream," one of the world's most famous images, may be too extensive to completely repair, according to a report to be released today. The painting and another Munch masterpiece, "Madonna," were recovered by police in August, two years after they were stolen from Oslo's Munch Museum by masked gunmen in a brazen daylight heist on Aug. 22, 2004.
November 10, 2006 |
Ending a 60-year wait, the heir of composer Gustav Mahler will finally be reunited with a painting by Edvard Munch that the family says was taken unfairly from them after they fled the Nazis in 1938. Marina Mahler, the renowned composer's granddaughter, said Thursday that the long battle had left her "totally exhausted" but "feeling a huge sense of peace."
November 9, 2006 |
An Austrian advisory panel handling claims for items looted by the Nazis during World War II recommended Wednesday that a Vienna gallery return an Edvard Munch painting to the heir of its former owner, the granddaughter of the late composer Gustav Mahler. The Austrian government is now expected to heed the recommendation and return the painting, titled "Summer Evening at the Beach," to Marina Fistulari-Mahler, the Austria Press Agency reported.