Welcome to Beyond the Blue Domes, my personal blog. In earlier posts, I shared memories about growing up in Iran during the Shah's rule, fleeing the country at age thirty, raising a family in the United States, and facing the newness and challenges of American life. Lately I'm posting my thoughts on stories or news that have touched me. My theme is exploring social realities and the intersections within cultures, and preserving history. Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The most expensive Painting ever sold at Auction
Edvard Munch's iconic painting, "The Scream," broke a world record (5/2/12), becoming the most expensive painting sold in "an auction." The most expensive work of art ever sold is Cezanne's "The Card Players," which went in a private sale to the country of Qatar for $250 million.
The estimates for the sale varied from $80 million to $200 million. The painting ended up selling for $119,922,500, surpassing the previous record-holder,Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," which sold for $106.5 million in 2010.
The text below is an inscription by Edvard Munch for "The Scream":
"I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city. My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature."
Almost a year ago on May 29 of last year, there was another epic sales for a pair of singing-bird pistols sold for $5.8 million at Christie's auction house. The bidding war for the pair of singing-bird pistols had gone for a record of 10 minutes at Christie's International sale in Hong Kong.