“The Scream”, a pastel drawn in 1895 by Edvard Munch, has become the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction after it was bought for $119.92m (£74m).
The winning bid, which was made by telephone, set the world record at Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and modern art, helping raise total sales to $330.56m
“The Scream” replaces Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves And Bust which was sold two years ago. While the name of the buyer was not disclosed, it is said that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was the one who spent $106.5m (£65.6m) on the painting.
“The Scream”, which depicts a person reacting with horror with a “an endless scream passing through nature” (as the artist himself put it), is seen as a defining image of the Expressionist movement.