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'The Scream' sells for nearly $120 million, breaks all-time art auction record

A pastel version of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch fetched nearly $120 million from an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

(CNN) NEW YORK -- A pastel version of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch fetched nearly $120 million from an anonymous buyer Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

Experts had expected the masterpiece to break new ground at the famed New York auction house; its presale estimate of at least $80 million was the highest ever listed at Sotheby's.

It sold for $119,922,500, which includes the premium paid to Sotheby's.

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