- Edvard Munch
- 2,100,000 UK pound(s) sterling
- United Kingdom (London)
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 1896 print Young Woman on the Beach was sold at Christie’s auction house on King Street in London, UK, on 20 March 2013, for £2.1 m ($3 m), making it the most expensive original print ever sold at auction. The sum exceeded the pre-sale estimate for the piece of £700,000 by 200%.
Young Woman on the Beach is a haunting image of a girl in a white dress, her back to the viewer, looking out across a vast ocean. It is an example of an aquatint print, a process in which the artist etches the image into a copper or zinc plate using acid. The plate is then inked and run through a printing press to transfer the image to paper. Munch created a number of prints between 1896 and 1897. He is thought to have made 11 copies of Young Woman on the Beach.