Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' Goes for $119M: Do You Like the Painting?

News 2012/05/03 13:00:00
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You might not know Edvard Munch by name, but there's a good chance you've seen his masterpiece, "The Scream," somewhere before. The 1890s oil-and-pastel is one of the most iconic paintings in the art world, right up there with Picasso's "Guernica", Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." After sitting in the hands of Norwegian billionaire Petter Olsen for his entire life, the 1895 version of the painting sold to an unknown buyer for a record-breaking $119.9 million at an auction.

We say the 1895 "version" because, believe it or not, it isn't the only original. Olsen's 1895 pastel-only version is one of four. There were two done in oil, one in pastel (Olsen's), and one in egg tempera. They were all completed between the years 1893 and 1910. According to The Daily Mail, Olsen's father was a friend and patron of Munch's, and presumably bought the original from the painter himself.

Of the pastel, Olsen said, "I have lived with this work all of my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time. Now however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work." He put it up for auction with Sotheby's in New York, and started the bidding at $40 million. The final price beat Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," which sold for $106.5 million in 2010, but Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" would still hold the record if adjusted for inflation.

Of course, art is always somewhat subjective -- in the eye of the beholder, as they say. Most of us couldn't imagine being able to afford an art classic like "The Scream" but... Do you even like it? Let us know! And while you're at it, throw up some pictures of your favorite pieces of art. We'd love to see them!

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  • nursie741 2013/11/01 09:37:33
    Is'nt it Van Gogh's so much better!?
  • **weaselbee::StarkidJay* 2012/05/27 12:33:48
    I wouldn't buy it; I don't have near that much money, but I do like the piece.
  • annamie 2012/05/09 04:49:21
  • annamie annamie 2012/05/09 04:51:44
    But I appreciate the meaning behind it. We all have that scream inside us somewhere. Have you never been pushed to that point. That's what made it so famous. Everyone can relate to it.
  • Incognito annamie 2012/05/09 17:42:25
  • Whatever 2012/05/08 22:17:13
    What a f***ing waste of money. Looks like a gradeschool child painted it. Seriously, it sucks. Okay, that aside, even if you had no taste and wanted to buy this and hang it in your home - how f***ing stupid and rich do you have to be to spend $119 million on it? I could take an image of it, reprint it at local Kinko's for $50. And I could put it in same frame right next to the original, and the dumbass who spent $100+ million on it, wouldn't be able to tell the difference! What a fool. And how much f***ing money do you have to have in order to waste a $100 million on a stupid ugly painting? Geeez!
  • Incognito Whatever 2012/05/09 17:39:59
  • Funky Monk 2012/05/08 19:39:07
    Funky Monk
    Personally, I prefer the oil version.
    The scream oil
  • Elocin_eiram 2012/05/08 18:13:57
    I can't really imagine that something so easy and elementary can be sold for millions of dollars. I think it's kind of stupid and unfair for the rest of the artists who have worked for their entire lives, perfecting their work.
  • Whatever Elocin_... 2012/05/08 22:18:35
    I agree. See my post. My words are a bit harsher than yours but we agree!
  • Incognito Elocin_... 2012/05/09 17:43:05
  • antonio 2012/05/08 13:48:06
    seems pointless and just a bunch of scribbles that i can do and im no artist
  • 001 antonio 2012/05/08 18:15:01
    I challenge you to paint that painting, and upload the result here. It's a LOT harder than it looks.
  • Whatever 001 2012/05/08 22:20:17
    Oh, trust me, I could do way better. It sucks. If I had to rate the talent it took to paint that, it would be somewhere between "moron and retard". That ugly piece of crap would be the ugliest, most embarrassing thing in my house.
  • Incognito Whatever 2012/05/09 17:48:34
  • antonio 001 2012/05/09 14:40:30
    alright give me a 5 minutes and ill show u my results just gotta scribble all over a paper lol
  • Untouched 2012/05/08 12:47:53

    those tigers and elephants! <3
  • Melvin ... Untouched 2012/05/10 13:11:19
    Melvin Cownzowfski
    Weird and typical of the artist, but the tigers and the nude are clearly very well done.
  • Untouched Melvin ... 2012/05/29 16:11:11
    weird is good=originality
  • Fef 2012/05/08 07:27:37
  • Whatever Fef 2012/05/08 22:21:23
    This "Homer" version is way, way, way better than the original. Seriously. Where's the retard who paid $100+ million for the other one - he might bid a trillion for this!
  • txtum#C... Whatever 2012/05/09 02:32:45
    Pretty much I'd say!!! lol, HA! HA! HA! But where is Bart? :D Bart Simpson
  • Incognito txtum#C... 2012/05/09 16:19:42
    You can find Bart in the Pop art section. bart simpson art bart simpson art bart simpson art
  • txtum#C... Incognito 2012/05/10 02:38:24
    No incognito, I meant in the Simpson Scream painting. There's Homer, Marge, Baby and Lisa, where's Bartman?
  • Incognito txtum#C... 2012/05/10 17:01:34
    Hmmmm, maybe Bart ran away, that could be why Homer is freaking out.
    missing bat simpson poster
  • txtum#C... Incognito 2012/05/10 23:44:31
    Very calucated funny Ms Incognito :D
  • Incognito txtum#C... 2012/05/11 18:04:09
    Why thanks, I really enjoyed your graphic also.
    bart smiling
  • Incognito Whatever 2012/05/09 17:49:43
  • Selkets... Fef 2012/05/09 00:27:09
    I like this one better...LOL
  • Incognito Fef 2012/05/09 15:36:33
    For the bargain price of just $99 million, you can have this one.
    simpson scream art
  • nofrills 2012/05/08 04:53:18
    overrated and poor level of artistry..devoid of value,perception and colour
  • Lagdh 2012/05/08 02:56:42
    I mean it's cool but not spectacular, I love the old over-dramaticized paintings, those works of art are my overall idol when It comes to visual arts.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/05/08 02:53:54
  • Angecael 2012/05/08 00:20:55
    It's pretty awesome. I would hang it in my den.
  • Airhead 2012/05/07 22:58:13
    Looks like the guys having a bad trip
  • Michaela★ 2012/05/07 21:57:22
    it's not for me. I'm more into realistic art, like paintings of landscapes, abstract isn't my favorite.
  • WGN 2012/05/07 21:52:08
    Yes, I do like it, but the one that sold was the fourth version on the same idea and was a pastel drawing not a painting.
  • txtum#Clinton'sCovertCash 2012/05/07 21:01:19
    I think the work is juvenile, not much more than First Grade finger-painting.
  • Whatever txtum#C... 2012/05/08 22:22:04
    That's the truth. Read my post above.
  • Incognito txtum#C... 2012/05/09 17:52:34
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