Edvard Munch's classic painting 'The Scream' officially became the world's most expensive artwork when it sold for $119,922,500 - or £74 million - earlier this week.
That's near enough the same amount that Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago (Ronaldo actually fetched £80m, but fluctuating exchange rates make these things impossible to compare exactly, with the prices almost identical in dollars or euros).
Anyway, it got us thinking: if you had £74m burning a hole in your pocket, who would offer better value? The sublimely talented Portuguese winger or the sublimely melancholic Norwegian masterpiece?
We round up the pros and cons of each.
| The Scream || Cristiano Ronaldo |
|Chilling depiction of human anxiety ||Chilling depiction of human vanity |
|Never have a problem getting into the bathroom ||Ideal 'ringer' for your local pub XI |
|Takes up a modest 36x28.9 inch spot on your wall || Every square inch of wall will need to be covered in mirrors |
|Unlikely to demand a transfer to another art collector ||Comes with own collection of Ferraris |
|Value only likely to increase with age ||Depreciating asset at its peak value |
|Great vision, but distinct lack of mobility ||Will play football in the garden, but will always refuse to pass to you |
|Munch painted several different versions of The Scream ||There is only one Ronaldo... unless you also count the fat, retired Brazilian one |
|No expense on tanning oil ||Can help around the house with hoovering and washing up |
|Extensive security measures needed to avoid repeat of thefts in 1994 and 2004 ||Extensive security measures needed to avoid fans camping in the garden to snatch a glimpse |
|Happy to work for free ||Wage bill estimated at £200,000-a-week |
|Will attract flocks of art connoisseurs from around the world ||Will attract flocks of lingerie models from around the world |
|Nuisance calls from Charles Saatchi offering to buy it off you ||Nuisance calls from Paris Hilton asking if Crissy can come out to play |
|Offers silent but profound commentary on the human condition ||Will discuss new hair gel sponsorship while referring to itself in third person |
|Nagging sensation that you should have gone the whole hog and bought a Van Gogh ||Nagging sensation that you should have gone the whole hog and bought Lionel Messi |
The verdict: Buy the poster from Athena and a Playstation with a football game, then pocket the change and live in luxury for the rest of your life.