By Josh Stillman
September 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM EDT
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Expressionist agony, meet the Big Apple.

Starting in October, Edvard Munch’s 1895 painting The Scream will go on display at the Museum of Modern Art for six months, AP reports.  This is one of four versions of the painting Munch made between 1893 and 1910, and the only one that is privately owned (the rest are in Norwegian museums).  It sold at Sotheby’s in May to an anonymous patron for $120 million, making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.  This will mark the first time it has ever been publicly displayed in New York.

By now as much a staple of pop culture as an art fixture, The Scream has been imitated, parodied, and referenced by everyone from Andy Warhol to Wes Craven to BBC’s Dr. Who.  It is also an especially hot-ticket item among art thieves: in 1994 and 2004, other versions of the painting were stolen from Norway’s National Gallery and Munch Museum, respectively.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 24 to April 29.

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