The explosion from the Krakatau volcano in 1883 was so strong that it unleashed a 130-foot tsunami and turned the skies red for months. But is it also responsible for this famous painting by Edvard Munch?
Last year saw not one but two record-breaking art sales—Cindy Sherman's Untitled #96 ($3.89 million) and Andreas Gursky's Rhein II ($4.3 million). Both paltry sums given the amount that Sotheby's just sold Edvard Munch's masterpiece for.
"The Scream" may be a weird, unnerving piece of art — but it's also made of money, apparently. Edvard Munch did several versions of his masterpiece, and now the last remaining version in private hands is coming up for auction at Sothebys — and it's expected to pull in over $80 million.
You've seen the painting, now watch the film! And what's more, it's a musical! Sebastian Cosor has filled in the backstory for the oft stolen expressionist painting with this surreal little tableau. Here's how Munch described the inspiration for the painting in 1892:
Donald Olson, an astrophysicist at Texas State University has a habit of taking well-known historical facts and turning them upsidown. Using the stars and Moon and a little bit of math, he's re-dated the original running of Marathon in 491-490 BC, precisely determined the spot in which Edvard Munch painted "The…