IS this the longest queue ever to view a single lot coming up at auction?
More than 7500 people turned up to
take a look at Edvard Munch's The Scream as
Sotheby's staged a five-day exhibition of the
picture in London prior to its sale in New York on May
With unprecedented security
arrangements for what seems likely to become the most expensive
object ever sold at auction, people queued for up to 45 minutes,
passing under two airport-style scanners before reaching the hushed
serenity of the darkened room.
Around eight to ten people were
permitted to view the picture at a time, which meant it was
entirely different from Sotheby's viewing of Damien Hirst's
Beautiful Inside my Head Forever sale, which took up
all 13 gallery rooms at the auctioneers' Bond Street headquarters
and was seen by 21,000 people over 11 days - the highest attendance
for an auction viewing in London.
The Scream, which Sotheby's
have billed as perhaps only second to the Mona Lisa as the
most instantly identifiable iconic artwork, now goes on to New York
where it will be on show from April 27.