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The Scream

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns sports teams, massive yachts and even his own island, though that San Juan island property is currently for sale for $13.5 million.

So, did the globe-trotting billionaire just supplement his many interests by picking up one of four copies of Edvard Munch’s classic painting The Scream? Allen was one of the names floated by The New York Times as a possible buyer of the artwork, which sold at Sotheby’s New York this week for a cool $119.9 million.

We certainly were curious whether The Scream might be coming to Seattle, so we asked Allen’s spokesman whether the billionaire was the anonymous winning bidder.

Turns out, he was not.

Oh well, I guess Allen can return to working on his space venture, playing his Jimi Hendrix guitars, reading his Shakespeare folio or collecting vintage aircraft. Here’s Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes taking a tour of Allen’s of Mercer Island home.


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