The Scream on display before sale

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The only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch’s classic masterpiece The Scream has gone on show in London for the first time before it is sold at auction in New York.

The famous picture is on display at Sotheby’s in the capital for a week and is expected to fetch $80m (£50.4m) or more at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on May 2. The pastel work, which features a haunted figure in front of a red backdrop, is one of the most recognisable images in the world.

The Scream up for auction is one of four versions created by Munch and is privately owned by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen.