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Munch's 'The Scream,' star works on display

Updated 1839 GMT (0239 HKT) April 12, 2012
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Edvard Munch's 1895 version of "The Scream" has gone on display at Sotheby's auction house in London before it goes under the hammer at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale in New York on May 2. AFP/Getty Images
"The Scream" is one of the world's most recognizable works of art, inspiring everything from graffiti to Hollywood movies. It is also a target for thieves -- two versions of the work have been stolen in recent years. Getty Images
Five other works by Norwegian artist Munch (1863 - 1944) are also on display at the auction house ahead of their sale in New York. Bryony Jones/CNN
Among the other high-profile works to go under the hammer in Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art sale is Pablo Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar, "Femme assise dans un fauteuil," which is expected to sell for between $20 and $30 million. Getty Images
Roy Lichtenstein's "Sleeping Girl," one of the Pop Art star's "comic book" style works is also on show in London. It is expected to sell for between $30 and $40 million in Sotheby's Contemporary Art sale on May 9. Bryony Jones/CNN
Andy Warhol's "Ten-foot Flowers" and "Sailboats III", another work by Lichtenstein, will also be up for auction at the same sale in New York on May 9. Bryony Jones/CNN
Francis Bacon's "Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror" is on view as part of the same exhibition. Sotheby's experts say it is likely to sell for in excess of $30 million. Getty Images
Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis [Ferus Type]" -- tipped to sell for between $30 and $50 million -- has already been exhibited in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, and will be on show in London until April 15. AFP/Getty Images