Edvard Munch painting could fetch $50M at Sotheby's

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  • FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, "Girls on the Bridge," is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York. The auction for the painting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, "Girls on the Bridge," is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York. The auction for the painting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, ... File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, "Girls on the Bridge," is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York. The auction for the painting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, a work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, "Girls on the Bridge," is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York. The auction for the painting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, ... File) (The Associated Press)

A painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is expected to sell for more than $50 million at Sotheby's auction of impressionist and modern art.

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Munch painted "Girls on the Bridge" in 1902. It depicts a cluster of girls huddled on the bridge of a country village. The auction is scheduled for Monday evening in New York City.

The painting sold in 1996 for $7.7 million and again in 2008 for $30.8 million, each time setting a record for the artist.

In 2012, Munch's work "The Scream" sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby's. It became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, a record that has been broken four times since.

Pablo Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" now holds that distinction. It sold last year for $179.4 million.