Edvard Munch’s Madonna image fetches $1.95 million at Bonhams sale

Bonhams auction house has witnessed a number of recording braking sales. The most recent of which is the sale of a hand colored image of Edvard Munch’s Madonna which sold for £1.25 million ($1.95 million), setting a record for a print. The work fetched way over its pre-sale estimate of £500,000 and £700,000 ($750,000 to $1 million). The hand colored image dated 1895, bears the artists signature and was in the same family for over
a hundred years. It was sold on behalf of the estate of the British abstract expressionist artist Frank (Albert) Avray Wilson but came from his wife’s collection. Munch, a well known Norwegian symbolist painter reworked the Madonna image many times in his prints and paintings. The Madonna that was sold at this auction was in yellow and white, set against a halo of blue, green and red. Dagny Juel, Munch’s mistress, was the model for the female figure in this image. The border of this image is comprised of spermatazoa shapes and a fetus.

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The record breaking sale is yet another indicates that when it comes to art, price is definitely not a concern for certain folks.
[CBC News]