It's the stuff of nightmares - and it was sold for $119,922,500 million.
Edvard Munch's impressionist masterpiece, The Scream, was put up for auction at Sotheby's in New York City this evening and was sold for a record-breaking price.
Mr Munch beat out Pablo Picasso for the most expensive artwork ever auctioned.
Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father Thomas was a friend, neighbor and patron of Mr Munch, sold the 1895 icon to fund a new museum in honor of Mr Munch's life and work.
Everyone from Andy Warhol to the creators of The Simpsons have paid homage to the defining painting of human angst.
Sotheby's expected the price to exceed $80 million, but $119 million beat out everyone's wildest expectations.
Mr Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust' was sold by Christie's in 2010 for just $106.5 million.
The auction asking price started at $50 million for the work and lasted just 15 minutes before an unnamed telephone bidder gave the final offer.
The auction room at Sotheby's exploded in applause.
'I have lived with this work all of my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time,' owner Petter Olsen said of The Scream.
'Now however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work.'
The painting is one of four versions and the only one owned by private collectors; the other three paintings are housed in Norwegian museums.
This edition, the most vibrant of the four, has a hand-painted poem inscribed on the frame of the work:
'I was walking along the road with two Friends / the Sun was setting – The Sky turned a bloody red / And I felt a whiff of Melancholy – I stood / Still, deathly tired – over the blue-black / Fjord and City hung Blood and Tongues of Fire / My Friends walked on – I remained behind / – shivering with Anxiety – I felt the great Scream in Nature – EM'
With the proceeds of the sale, Mr Olsen promised to establish a new museum, art center and hotel in Hvitsten, Norway, dedicated to Mr Munch's work and life.
It will be opened next year at the same time as Mr Munch's 150th anniversary and Mr Olsen plans on restoring the artist's home and studio, allowing guest to stay in his home.
The piece has not traveled to New York City without incident, according to Sotheby's, which said that it was a target of Nazi destruction at one time.
After Hitler rose to power, Mr Munch found himself among the artists whose work was declared 'degenerate' by the Nazi regime and his works were stripped from the collections of the federal and state galleries across Germany, according to Sotheby's.
Mr Olsen rescued 74 of his art works from Germany, including this version of The Scream, saving them from probable destruction by hiding them in a neighbor's hay barn until Norway's liberation in 1945.