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'The Scream' on View at MoMA this Fall

By Emily Frost | September 18, 2012 1:07pm

UPPER EAST SIDE — Edvard Munch's "The Scream," one of the most well-known and expensive paintings in the world, is coming to the Museum of Modern Art just in time for Halloween. 

Visitors can see the artwork, bought by a private collector in May for $119.9 million, the highest price ever bid for a painting, from Oct. 24 through April 29.  

In July, the Wall Street Journal unmasked the mystery buyer as billionaire New York financier Leon Black, who sits on the board of the museum. 

The pastel-on-board version owned by Black, painted in 1895, is one of four created by Munch between 1893 and 1910. Black's is considered the most vibrant and colorful. 

“As an iconic image, The Scream has garnered worldwide attention for its stark portrayal of the human condition,” said Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art.

“For the museum’s visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to see this extraordinary work of art.”