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    Edvard Munch - Girls on the Bridge.

    Edvard Munch – Girls on the Bridge.  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $54.5 MILLION.

    A masterwork by Edvard Munch will lead Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York on November 14.  Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) from 1902 is estimated to make more than $50 million. The lyrical work ranks as one of the most powerful paintings of his career, and has twice set a new world auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department said: “Edvard Munch’s importance to the full breadth of 20th century art cannot be overstated. From the Expressionists to Fauvism and Pop Art, his oeuvre is increasingly prized for its lasting influence on the art of recent times. Munch pioneered the art of the self: recent museum shows pairing his work with that of artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh to Robert Mapplethorpe, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol – among many others – have illustrated that his genius burns brighter today than ever.”

    In 1996 Sotheby’s sold the painting for a then record of $7.7 million. It was sold in 2008 for $30.8 million.

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