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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...sotheby-s.html

    One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s work “The Scream” is being sold at auction in New York in May. The 1895 pastel-and-board composition by the Norwegian artist will be included in Sotheby’s (BID) May 2 sale of Impressionist and modern works. It carries a value of at least $80 million, the auction house said in an e-mailed release today.
    Sotheby's version is the only one left in private hands. It is being offered by the Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father Thomas was a friend and patron of the artist. The primary version of the work, in tempera and crayon dating from 1893, is in the National Gallery of Norway.
    “I have lived with this work all my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time,” Olsen said in an e-mailed statement. “Now however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work.”
    Proceeds from the sale will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art centre and hotel on Olsen's farm, Ramme Gaard at Hvitsten, Norway. It will open next year in connection with the Munch 150th anniversary, and will be dedicated to the artist’s work and time there.
    Of the variants, this Sotheby's version is closest in composition the one in Norway's National Gallery. It is also notable for having a hand-painted inscription by Munch on the frame, explaining the genesis of the work.
    “I was walking along the road with two friends, the sun was setting,” reads the frame. “The sky turned a bloody red and I felt a whiff of melancholy. I stood still, deathly tired -- over the blue-black fjord and city hung Blood and Tongues of Fire. My friends walked on -- I remained behind. Shivering with anxiety, I felt the great Scream in Nature.”
    Well I think it's a great painting no matter how much other folks here on Facepunch may hate it.
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    Ask about my EBOLA fetish
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    I screamed at the price

    [sub][sub]I'm so sorry[/sub][/sub]
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    It's a great painting, but it in itself is not worth 80m $. But I can imagine it will be worth far more in the future and it probably is a great investition.
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    god damnit, its a screamer
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    80 mil for that scribble? Darn. Sure it might be a good painting or whatever but come on, eighty fucking million?
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    80 mil for that scribble? Darn. Sure it might be a good painting or whatever but come on, eighty fucking million?
    Popularity and fame = more competitive auctioning.

    Edited:

    160 000 screams = 1 US debt
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    I was expecting Scream the movie.
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    It's a great painting, but it in itself is not worth 80m $.
    I can't fathom why people always say a piece of art is not worth something. It's art. If it's been sold for that price then it's worth it to someone so who are you to say it isn't? Plus it's rare and it's Impressionism. That's a lot of value.
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    dear god

    i can make that even
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    I never understood why some paintings cost so much.

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    I never understood why some paintings cost so much.
    because supply is low and demand is high
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    because supply is low and demand is high
    i should start selling paintings
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    Dennab
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    80 mil for that scribble? Darn. Sure it might be a good painting or whatever but come on, eighty fucking million?
    historical value
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    I'm gonna take out a loan, buy it and sell it for two more millions.
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    I'm gonna take out a loan, buy it and sell it for two more millions.
    Assuming you could pull out a loan for 80 million, and you make a 0% down payment at a 1% annual yearly interest, you would be paying 37,482,585.58 a month.
    Have fun
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    because supply is low and demand is high
    High quality print=dirt cheap
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    High quality print=dirt cheap
    This.

    *looks at high-quality poster print hanging up on my wall*

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    It's a great painting, but it in itself is not worth 80m $. But I can imagine it will be worth far more in the future and it probably is a great investition.
    It's worth 80mil to someone. Art is only worth as much as we (and the market) make it to be.

    Also, it's too bad it isn't an abstract piece. Seeing everyone here rage over the high price tag of abstract art is entertaining.

    Furthermore, I love this work. Probably my favorite Expressionist piece.
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    Assuming you could pull out a loan for 80 million, and you make a 0% down payment at a 1% annual yearly interest, you would be paying 37,482,585.58 a month.
    Have fun
    37 million per month for a 80 million loan? I think you got something wrong there. It's more like 60-70k per month.
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    37 million per month for a 80 million loan? I think you got something wrong there. It's more like 60-70k per month.
    I put in 80 billions, whoops
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    reminded me of this
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    This.

    *looks at high-quality poster print hanging up on my wall*
    supply of the originals is low, price is high

    supply of repros is high, price is low
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    It isn't a painting
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    I wouldn't hang that on my wall even if they paid to me to take it.
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    -snip-

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    Just in, expert believe the painting will be sold for more then 200 million dollars.
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    that's good, it's a great work of art. this version is great too. if i somehow had that much money to throw around i'd invest in this
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    That one painting's pricetag could net me so much hookers and blow that I'd OD in a millisecond.

    I'm not sure why I measure wealth in how fast it would kill me, but I do that a lot.
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    I don't know why, but to me those scream paintings look like they were drawn by a 5 year old with some crayons.
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    PM ME FOR /TWO\ RUST KEYS!!
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    Am I the only person who read the title and thought ''Did they film 4 different endings, or something?''
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    i don't know what the appeal is behind these paintings
    yeah they were probably great in their time, but that was more than a few years ago

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    :)
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    I thought it was about the horrible movies.
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    I was hoping it was this "scream"

    I was disappointed

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scream!_(roller_coaster)

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    Maybe after your death they could be worth something.
    i've seen paintings sold for 15000 €

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    I can't fathom why people always say a piece of art is not worth something. It's art. If it's been sold for that price then it's worth it to someone so who are you to say it isn't? Plus it's rare and it's Impressionism. That's a lot of value.
    80 million

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    Have two rich people bid for something they both want and you get prices like this. It doesn't say anything about the actual monetary value of the work (well it does, but not in the same way e.g. a car's price represents man hours, resources, etc)

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    i don't know what the appeal is behind these paintings
    yeah they were probably great in their time, but that was more than a few years ago
    They are really intense if you know the story behind them.

    I was walking along a path with two friends the sun was setting suddenly the sky turned blood red I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.
    It's like a snapshot of a panic attack from the mind's eye. I still consider it one of the most powerful pieces I've ever seen, even before I knew what it was about. The layout of it all is just so EURHHRRRAAAHHHHHHHHH NO WORDS.
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