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.