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NEW YORKEdvard Munch’s artwork “The Scream” — that modern symbol of human anxiety that is one of the art world’s most recognizable images — sold at auction Wednesday for a record $119,922,500 at Sotheby’s in New York.

Munch’s 1895 image of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is one of four versions by the Norwegian expressionist painter. The auctioned piece at Sotheby’s is the only one left in private hands. The buyer’s name was not released.

“The Scream” has become part of pop culture, “used by everyone from Warhol to Hollywood to cartoons to teacups and T-shirts,” said Michael Frahm of the London-based art advisory service firm Frahm Ltd. 

“Together with the Mona Lisa, it’s the most famous and recognized image in art history.

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See?  The Scream and Mona Lisa are together.

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Seriously though, I’m sure the buyer wishes to remain…

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