World auction record for any work of art

The Scream 

Edvard Munch

Price: US$ 119.9 million

New York, May 2012 - lot details ‧ videos

This iconic masterpiece by Munch is one of the world's most instantly recognizable
works of art. It depicts a man in a private moment of anxiety set against a tumultuous
red sky. This version is a pastel on board painted in 1895 and was offered to auction
through Sotheby's by Petter Olsen, a Norwegian businessman whose father was a
friend, neighbour and patron of the artist. The famed masterpiece captured the world's
attention and became the most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction.


World auction record for any sculpture

L'Homme qui Marche

Alberto Giacometti

Price: US$ 104.3 million

London, February 2010 - lot details

This bronze, sculpted in 1961, is a life-size cast of a wiry human figure, standing 72
inches (183 centimeters) tall. It is one of the most important works by the 20th-Century
Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti and represents the pinnacle of the Giacometti's
experimentation with the human form. The sculpture succeeds as both a humble image
of an ordinary man and a potent symbol of humanity. When offered by Sotheby's in
2010 it became the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction - a record that still
stands today.


Garçon à la pipe

Pablo Picasso

Price: US$ 104.2 million

New York, May 2004 - lot details

Picasso painted this iconic masterpiece in 1905 at the age of 24 in the height of his
Rose Period. He was settled in the Montmartre section of Paris, which was at the time
an environment of rich intellectual exchange - as well as a source of visual inspiration for
Picasso and his peers. Garçon à la pipe set the world record for any work of art at auction
in 2004, and was the first work of art to exceed US$ 100 million.


Dora Maar au chat

Pablo Picasso

Price: US$ 95.2 million

New York, May 2006 - lot details

Picasso painted this vibrant, larger-than-life painting of his Croatian mistress, Dora Maar,
in 1941. It is one of his numerous portraits of Dora Maar conducted at the height of
their legendary decade-long affair, coinciding with the start of the Second World War. One
of the more elaborate, dynamic portraits of his muse, this work possesses a monumental
sculpture quality with a richly layered surface of brushstrokes. In 2006, this work became
the second most expensive painting ever sold at auction.