Last year’s winner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was left way behind in 18th place. The 2nd place was taken by Cheryl Cole and singer Rihanna came in 3rd place.
Many people thought that Georgia Salpa had a good shot at winning the title despite never making the list before and although she did not manage to take 1st place she did come straight into the list in 5th place. The Irish model and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant celebrated her first inclusion in the FHM list by taking part in a new photo-shoot for the magazine.
The FHM Sexiest Women 2012 Top 20 is:
1. Tulisa Contostavlos
2. Cheryl Cole
4. Rosie Jones
5. Georgia Salpa
6. Katy Perry
7. Megan Fox
8. Keeley Hazell
9. Mila Kunis
10. Emily Atack
11. Pippa Middleton
12. Pixie Lott
13. Daisy Lowe
14. Mollie King
15. Millie Mackintosh
16. Jessie J
17. Zooey Deschanel
18. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
19. Frankie Sandford
20. Kelly Brook
The painting sold at Sotheby’s in New York for an astonishing $119.9, which converts to around £74m. The buyer of the painting is unknown although there is a strong feeling that it is heading for China, Russia or a country in the Middle East.
There were four versions of the picture produced by Munch and this was the only one of the series that was still in private hands. It is a pastel work and was produced by the artist in 1895. Two of the other versions of the painting are held at the Munch Museum in Oslo and the other painting is on show at the National Gallery in Oslo.
Some critics think that the background of the picture shows a representation of the Norwegian town of Ekburg and there may be a clue to the meaning of the picture as this is where Munch’s sister Laura Catherine was detained in a mental hospital.
The Scream took the high value record from Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, which sold for $106.5m in 2010.
The painting sold at Sotheby’s has the distinction of being the only one of the four versions of the picture to have a personal poem by Munch on the frame. This gives a further clue to the artist’s intentions: “I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city.
“My friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”
The painting was previously owned by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen who is using the proceeds from the sale of the picture to found a new museum, hotel and art centre in Norway.
Two of the other versions of The Scream were stolen, in 1994 and 2004 respectively. Both were later recovered.