Thursday, May 3, 2012


Well, actually, no.

More like The Scream. Which, as of today, has just become the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold at auction,* raking in $119.9 million in just under 12 minutes of auction action at Sotheby's, New York..

In honor of this lucrative refutal of my father's contention that there is no money in art, I present an animated version of Edvard Munch's famous surrealist painting - with decidedly... ahhh ...unexpected results.

At the very least, it's a hoot.

If not altogether a scream.

Bonus: A poem written by Munch himself, inscribed in red paint on the frame of the drawing sold today.

I was walking along the road with two friends. The Sun was setting –
The Sky turned a bloody red
And I felt a whiff of Melancholy – I stood
Still, deathly tired – over the blue-black
Fjord and City hung Blood and Tongues of Fire
My Friends walked on – I remained behind
– shivering with Anxiety – I felt the great Scream in Nature

*Note "at auction."

In case you, too, have ambitions of disproving the old "Starving is the adjective that comes before the word artist" adage, see a list of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auctions (both public and private) at Wiki's entry here.


  1. i don't understand why paintings of "great painters" are so expensive.

    is it because of status symbol? or rarity of the art?

    i'll probably appreciate/understand it more if 75% of the sale goes to charity or something.

    1. What purpose does art serve, in the first place, Alexis?

      If we can answer that, then maybe we can understand why we attach genuine value to it.

  2. what's the use of monetary glories if one is but dust?

    1. That's why you gotta enjoy all that moolah while you're still alive, Ternie.