(CNN) -- Art enthusiasts ranging from aficionados to the causal tourist queued up in New York on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which went on display in Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art for a six-month exhibition.
The exhibit opened Wednesday and runs through April 2013.
"Seeing it in real life is so special," said Julianna Rees, a San Francisco resident who attended the opening.
The iconic work fetched nearly $120 million at Sotheby's auction house in May.
Previously, the most expensive artwork ever sold there was Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," which brought in $106.5 million two years ago.
The previous record for a Munch work of art tallied just over $38 million.
Dubbed "the portrait of a soul" and "the face that launched 1,000 therapists," "The Scream" depicts a distorted human figure -- hands flat against its sunken face, eyes and mouth wide open -- in the foreground of a nightmarish landscape.