The owner of
The version of "The Scream" sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York on May 2. The $119.9-million price set a record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction. Petter Olsen, the scion of a Norwegian shipping dynasty, had put the painting on the auction block.
Black and his wife, Debra, are considered to be one of the world's top art collectors. Black sits on the boards of New York's
The identity of the buyer was not revealed at the time of the sale. Black bid by telephone.
The Journal said a spokesman for Black declined to comment for its story. Black has amassed one of the largest art collections in the world. Collectors of his caliber are frequently courted by major museums to donate art from their personal troves.
There are four versions of "The Scream." This is the only one to have appeared at auction; the others reside in museums in Norway.