Sunday, May 6, 2012

Screaming Icon

Editor's note -- Felix Salmon is not impressed. He tweets that Edvard Munch's The Scream got sold in 17 tweets by Art Market. The next day he writes a blog post about the sale called "Art valuation datapoints of the day". 

Salmon said the reason The Scream sold for $120 million is not because it's "Good Art" but because "it's a cultural icon, something instantly recognizable".

"It’s really not all that far from what you find in any art class of tortured adolescents."

The Scream gets sold over the course of 17 tweets in 14 minutes from . Fun to read the saga.


  1. cultural icon, so what? that doesn't detract from the aesthetics. the painting is one of those that has something very special -- touches a chord, speaks to people... I love it.

    $120 million though... so that someone can say "IT's MINE!!"

    masterymistery at
    cosmic rapture

  2. Here is more Klimt: Rethinking Adele
    You're welcome.

    Guess what? Ron Lauder (Estee Lauder's son) paid $138 million for the "Portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer I".

    I think "The Scream" is a much better value.


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