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Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the art world's most recognizable images -- Edvard Munch's "The Scream" -- could sell for $80 million or more when it is sold at auction in New York City.

The 1895 artwork -- a modern symbol of human anxiety -- is being offered for sale at Sotheby's Wednesday evening.

The image of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is one of four versions by the Norwegian expressionist painter. The one at Sotheby's is the only one left in private hands.

The pastel-on-board is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen. His father was a friend and patron of the artist.

Proceeds will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art center and hotel in Norway.

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