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From the BBC

Edvard Munch’s famous masterpiece The Scream is to be sold at auction in New York, Sotheby’s has announced.

The Norwegian artist created several versions of the artwork, using different techniques.

The 1895 work, which is going under the hammer in May, was created using pastels and is the only version still in private hands.

A Sotheby’s spokesperson has suggested the artwork’s price tag could exceed $80m (£50m).

Prior to the sale, the work will be displayed in London for the first time, before it is exhibited in New York.

The piece, which features a haunted figure in front of a red backdrop, is one of the most recognisable images in the world.

Sotheby’s senior vice-president Simon Shaw said the artwork was “one of very few images which transcends art history and reaches a global consciousness”.