The Scream sells for $120m

Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" has become the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, fetching a record $120 million at auction in New York.

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Cheers and applause as The Scream breaks records

This is the moment Edvard Munch's The Scream fetched a record-breaking $119.9 million dollars (£74 million) at auction.

Describing the dramatic sale, a Sotheby's spokesman said: "A group of seven bidders jumped into the competition early, but it was a prolonged battle between two highly determined phone bidders that carried the final selling price to its historic level."

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Munch's 'The Scream' on show in London before auction

The only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" has gone on show in London for the first time before it is sold at auction in New York.

Edvard Munch's "The Scream"
The painting is expected to sell for around £50 million Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The famous picture is on display at Sotheby's in the capital for a week and is expected to fetch £50.4 million or more at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on May 2.