(This makes it the most expensive art work ever sold at auction, the previous record was for Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, which sold for $106.5m in 2010.
There are actually 4 versions of this pastel (yes it’s no oil painting), but this is the only one owned privately, and it bears a poem written by the artist on the frame. The poem reads:
“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.
“My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”