UPDATED: World-renowned painting “The Scream” is to be sold at auction at Sotheby’s New York, reports say.
Edvard Munch’s classic masterpiece is expected to go under the hammer for at least 450 million kroner, with one art expert forecasting 1 billion.
Petter Olsen has decided to sell the piece of art, which was painted in 1893 and has been in his family since 1958.
“The moment has come to give the world an opportunity to own and appreciate this remarkable work, which is the only version not in a Norwegian museum,” he said in a press statement, “I have lived with the work all my life, and its power and energy have just increased with time.”
The work, which has been approved for sale internationally, is one of four original Scream paintings.
Two of these are currently in the Munch Museum and the third is part of the National Gallery.
Nevertheless, the government will not buy the fourth as the Ministry of Culture feels there is already a large Munch collection in Norway.
Gina Barstad MP, Socialist Left (SV) representative on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural and Family Affairs, does not see the painting being sold privately as problematic.
““The Scream” is a painting that we have multiple versions of, and two are in public ownership. I don’t think the sale is a problem, basically-speaking. The seller will be using the money on a new museum, which I think is positive,” she said to VG.
Jean-Yves Gallardo, director of communications at the National Gallery in Oslo, which provided the article photo told The Foreigner, “The colours on our version from 1893, which is the original version and exhibited here, are not as sharp as the later version on auction from around 1900.”
Photo: Børre Høstland.
Copyright: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
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