Picture of the famous Norwegian painter Edward Munch “Girls on the bridge”, written in 1902, sold at Sotheby’s auction in new York for 54,5 million dollars, reported on the website of the auction house. Estimated cost of works was $ 50 million.
The painting “Girls on a bridge” was the second most expensive work by this artist sold at auction. The record price belongs to his famous painting “the Scream” (1893) – in 2012 it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction for 119.9 million dollars.
“Girls on the bridge” refer to a series of paintings by Munch, which he began in the first half of 1900-x. The first of them is the version preserved in the National gallery of Oslo. Most early versions of the painting was created circa 1900-1901 years in Åsgårdstrand.
The first sketches for this painting the artist has done with local high school girls who played on the bridge. In the first picture the girl is depicted standing in a row back to the artist, in other embodiments, they are back to the railing or depicted group in the center of the bridge. One of the options paintings by Munch specifically for the Paris Salon of independent in 1903, was acquired by a collector Mikhail Morozov and is currently stored in the Pushkin Museum named after Pushkin.
At Sotheby’s on Monday was also sold a painting by Pablo Picasso’s “Painter and model” (1960) for 12.9 million dollars at an estimated cost of 12-18 million dollars.
The painting of the Hungarian avant-garde artist Laszlo Mohoy-Nadia “Telephone picture EM 1″ (1923) went under the hammer for $ 6.1 million, more than doubling the estimated cost. A painting by French artist Maurice de Vlaminck “Fruit garden” (1905) sold for 7.6 million dollars.
In the end, the organizers of the auction, held November 14, rescued a total of 157,7 million dollars.