Munch’s ‘The Scream’ to sell in NY

“The Scream” by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, which dates from 1895 and is one of four versions of the composition, will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 2 in New York.

“The Scream” by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, which dates from 1895 and is one of four versions of the composition, will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 2 in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” will be sold this spring in New York, Sotheby’s auction house announced Tuesday.

Sotheby’s estimates the work, which has become a modern icon of human anxiety, will sell for $80 million or more.

The 1895 drawing of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of Munch’s. It is the only version of “The Scream” still in private hands.

“I have lived with this work all my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time,” Olsen said. “Now, however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work, which is the only version of ‘The Scream’ not in the collection of a Norwegian museum.”

The work will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern sale on May 2. Olsen said proceeds will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art center and hotel in Hvitsten, Norway, where Olsen’s father and Munch were neighbors.

Sotheby’s said in a news release that this pastel-on-board version of “The Scream” is the most colorful and vibrant of the four and the only version whose frame was hand-painted by the artist to include his poem detailing the work’s inspiration.

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