15 of the Most Expensive Auction Items Ever Sold
Edvard Munch's 'Scream' Breaks World Record
Sotheby's employees pose with Edvard Munch's "The Scream" at the auction house in London, April 12, 2012. The painting, estimated to exceed $80 million (50.2 million pounds), broke a world record in New York on May 2, 2012, becoming the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. The bidding started at $40 million; 12 minutes later, the final offer came in by telephone. Final price: $119,922,500, including commission.
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