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In this undated photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House in New york, "The Scream," Edvard Munch is shown. The 1895 pastel on board, arguably one of the art world's most recognizable images, sold Wednesday, May 2, 2012, for a record $119,922,500 by Sotheby's in New York City.

World's most expensive art

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" was sold May 2, 2012 for $119,922,500 by Sotheby's in New York City, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Here's a look at the previous pieces that topped the list. (May 3, 2012)

Edvard Munch's
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Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is hung for display at Sotheby's Auction Rooms in London, Thursday, April 12, 2012. The picture, which dates from 1895, was made with pastels and is one of four versions of the composition. It was sold May 2, 2012, for $119,922,500 by Sotheby’s in New York City, making it the most expensive artwork ever auctioned. (April 12, 2012)

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This undated file photo provided by Christie's shows "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," by Pablo Picasso. The 1932 painting sold in May 2010, for $106,482,500.

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This undated photo provided by Christie's shows "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II," by Gustav Klimt. The 1912 painting sold in November 2006 for $87,936,000.

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This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows
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This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows the three panels of Francis Bacon's "Triptych, 1976." The painting sold in May 2008 for $86,281,000.

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This Feb. 3, 2010, file photo shows "Walking Man I" or "L'Homme qui marche I," by Alberto Giacometti, being auctioned at Sotheby's in London. The life-size bronze sculpture of a man sold for $104,327,006. (Feb. 3, 2012)

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This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows "Dora Maar au Chat," by Pablo Picasso. The 1941 painting sold in May 2006 for $95,216,000.

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows
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This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows "Garçon à la Pipe," by Pablo Picasso. The 1905 painting sold in May 2004 for $104,168,000.

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This undated photo provided by Christie's shows "Le bassin aux nymphéas," by Claude Monet. The 1919 painting sold in June 2008 for $80,379,591.

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