Heard Round the World
A flicker of awed silence, then crashing applause – Edvard Munch’s iconic masterpiece The Scream smashed its presale estimate of $80 million on its way to $119.9 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction. | May, New York

The records speak for themselves – the highest price ever paid for a work of art, for Munch’s Scream, for the work of a living artist with the sale of Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, and even our own single most successful sale ever. Even more, the year was filled with notable and diverse successes and strides across the spectrum. From jewellery to wine to watches, and even in our new gallery and auction space in Hong Kong, 2012 was a year of stunning, once-in-a-lifetime auctions and sales of some of the greatest masterpieces of history and the most exciting collections of our time.

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