Everything to know about the weird lie Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich bought the ‘Scream’ for $120m

Roman Abramovich

Rumour: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich bought the ‘Scream’ for $120m

On Sunday night, a strange story spread on social media: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly bought the ‘Scream’ for $120m.

The ‘Scream’ is the famous painting from Norwegian artist Edward Munch.


Where did the weird lie come from?

The source of the rumour has been traced back to a group called ‘Sotheby’s Life’ on Telegram.

On June 6, Sotheby’s Life’ posted the following claim on their social media page:

Roman Abramovich has again proven himself to be an art connoisseur. He bought the famous painting the “Scream” by Munch (one of its four options) for $120 million.

'Sotheby's Life' on Telegram

‘Sotheby’s Life’ on Telegram

The Roman Abramovich, Scream story is totally fake

While news of the apparent purchase continues to fly around the internet, the rumour has already been labelled total BS.

TASS, the Russian news outlet, have quoted a source close to the Chelsea owner who has wholly denied the story: “The information is not true”.

Also in the report, TASS noted that there are three ‘Scream’ paintings in the world.

Three of them are in art galleries in Norway, while the other painting is owned by American Leon Black, who paid $120m for the painting at an auction in New York in 2012.

It’s also worth noting that sport lawyer Jake Cohen has also refuted the Abramovich-Scream story, as has the Athletic’s Liam Twomey.


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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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