Scream loses place as priciest painting

Author thumbnail
Richard Orange - [email protected]
Scream loses place as priciest painting
Edvard Munch - The Scream

The Scream has lost its place as the world's most expensive painting, after a portrait by Irish painter Francis Bacon sold for $142 million at auction in New York.


The only privately owned version of "The Scream", by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, set a world record in May 2012 when it sold for $119.9 million.
But the record was beaten in New York on Tuesday night, when an unknown buyer bid nearly $70m above the pre-sale estimate to snap up "Three Studies of Lucian Freud", a three-panelled painting by the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. 
The painting shows the painter's friend and fellow London artist Lucian Freud sitting on a chair. 
The bidder, who has not been named, made his bids over the phone in what became a marathon six-hour auction. 
Bidding for the Scream lasted just 12 minutes before the auctioneer brought down the hammer. 
"The Scream" was sold by Norwegian shipping magnate Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of the artist. 
Other paintings which have beaten the $100m mark include Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," which sold for $106.5 million in 2010,  Picasso's "Boy with a Pipe", which sold for $104.1 million in 2004, and Alberto Giacometti's "Walking Man" sculpture which fetched $104.3 million in 2010. 



Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also