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Art Collectors of the Financial World

Edvard Munch’s 1895 pastel “The Scream” set became the world’s most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction when the hammer fell at Sotheby’s for nearly $120 million to an anonymous bidder.

Wall Street has been known to amass valuable collections of art, both for corporate and private use. Some speculated that Wall Street collectors were among the frontrunners to purchase Munch’s masterpiece.

CNBC's "Power Lunch" team assembled a gallery of the best known art collectors from the financial world—players who have both the passion and the wherewithal to buy, insure and house a work that is one of the most beloved and well-recognized images in the world.

Click ahead for some of Wall Street’s top art collectors.

By Paul O'Donnell, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 2 May 2012

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