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The Scream Goes On Show After £74m Sale
The Scream, Edvard Munch's eerie 1895 masterpiece which sold in May for £74.6m ($119.9m) has gone on view for the first time since the record-breaking auction.
The artwork has been put on display in one of the most secure areas in the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.
The Scream is being shown along with two other Munch paintings, as well as lithographs by the Norwegian artist.
"The installation is located in the fifth floor galleries for the museum's painting and sculpture collection, so it is in a location that already features considerable technology," said museum spokeswoman Margaret Doyle.
"The only additional element for The Scream is the addition of a Plexiglas cover for the work."
The work on display in New York is a pastel drawing on board, one of four versions of The Scream and the only one currently not kept in Norway.
The Munch Museum in Oslo owns a version in pastel as well as a painted version, while the National Gallery Of Norway holds the earliest version of the work, painted in 1893.
The well-known artwork, showing a ghostlike figure with a skull-like face and gaping mouth, is believed to represent the anguished existence of modern man.
The image has been reproduced, and even satirised, numerous times.
The work on loan to the Museum Of Modern Art until April was sold in May at a record-setting Sotheby's auction in New York.
Until then, the record for the most expensive artwork was held by Picasso's 1932 painting Nude, Green, Leave And Bust, which in 2010 sold at a Christie's auction for nearly £66.3m ($106.5m).
Meanwhile, experts have been re-examining Woman Ironing, a haunting image created by Picasso in 1904 of a skeletal woman pressing down on an iron.
Since 1989, with the help of an infrared camera, art historians have been aware that Woman Ironing had been painted over an earlier image of a man with a moustache.
But they were never sure whether the man had been painted by Picasso or one of his associates - until now.
John K Delaney, from the National Gallery Of Art in Washington, used hyper-spectral and multi-spectral infrared cameras to produce more detailed images of the man with the moustache.
After analysing the brush strokes and the "drippy quality" of the paint, he concluded the then 22-year-old Picasso had indeed produced the hidden artwork.