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Edvard Munch works up for auction amid renewed interest in artist

Sotheby’s expert says pandemic has been good for the artist, lending his work ‘a whole new meaning’

Two works by Edvard Munch that the Nazis classified as degenerate before selling them for profit are to be offered at auction in London next month, at a time when interest in the Norwegian artist has never been bigger.

A self-portrait painted in 1926, the first formal portrait of Munch to come to auction for 15 years, and Embrace on the Beach, painted for a children’s nursery in 1904 and last on sale more than 80 years ago, are due to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s next month.

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