A Copy of Edvard Munch's The Scream is expected to fetch $80'000'000 dollars in an auction at Sotherby's this Wednesday. The highest price they have ever estimated. There is four versions made by the artist between 1893 and 1910, two painted in Tempera, one with crayon and this one is done in pastels. All the other copies are in museums but it is predicted that only a private individual will be able to afford this gem.
Although their are a few wealthy Munch collectors out there with their hands in, there a others who will bid for it purely as a status symbol. It is so universally recognised and iconic that to own it would to be gain a bit of it's glory by association.