Iconic Munch Could Fetch $35M

Vampire , in private hands, comes up for auction
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 6:19 AM CDT
Iconic Munch Could Fetch $35M
Edvard Munch's Vampire will come up for sale, with an estimate of $35 million.   (Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A masterpiece by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch that has spent 70 years in private hands will be sold on the open market, reveals the Independent, where it's expected to fetch $35 million. Vampire, painted in 1894, is the last privately owned work from a 20-canvas series that also includes The Scream. The painting has been on long-term loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"There have been past Munch works to be sold in recent times, such as a wonderful group of works in 2006 and a painting earlier this year, but this one is a real, knock 'em dead masterpiece," said a Sotheby's exec. (Read more Edvard Munch stories.)

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