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Munch's 'The Scream' adorns Christmas tree in DC

Tuesday - 12/3/2013, 9:07am  ET

An ornament honoring Edward Munch's "The Scream" awaits hanging as part of an annual Christmas tree installed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy at Union Station in Washington, Monday Dec. 2, 2013. The tree is a gift from Norway to the people of Washington and a symbol of Norway's appreciation of the strong friendship and relations between the two nations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JOHN RABY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Norway's gift to the people of Washington for Christmas is sure to be a "scream."

The Embassy of Norway is unveiling a Christmas tree Tuesday at Union Station for the 16th year. This year's tree is decorated with ornaments depicting Edvard Munch's "The Scream" to mark the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian artist's birth.

A lighting is planned for Tuesday evening. Dozens of ornaments depicting "The Scream" are interspersed with Norwegian and American flags on the tree.

The tree will be on display through December. It's considered a symbol of friendship between Norway and the United States and symbolizes Norway's gratitude for help during and after World War II.

Munch's "The Scream" sold last year for a then-record $120 million and was the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.


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