Portait hanging at St. Olaf's College may be a genuine Edvard Munch

Don't know Edvard Munch? He's the artist who painted The Scream.
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With Halloween approaching, chances are you're going to see more than one reference to Edvard Munch's iconic painting, The Scream.

But staff at St. Olaf's College might be screaming in delight pretty soon, as there's a chance that a painting that's been hanging in its halls since 1999 could be the work of the famous Norwegian artist.

On Monday, the college in Northfield will scientifically authenticate a portrait of violinist Eva Mudocci to see if it's a genuine Munch.

The painting, dubbed "Eva," was donated to St. Olaf in 1999 as part of alumni Richard Tetlie's 2,000-piece collection.

In a news release on Friday, the college said that recently discovered letters and auction records "corroborate the existence of this unfinished painting."

This would be a significant find for the college, given that Munch paintings are a rare commodity. That said, it's unlikely it would fetch a price close to the $120 million someone paid for The Scream in 2012.

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On Monday, small "imperceptible samples" from the portrait will be collected by the Scientific Analysis of Fine Arts, which will be sent for testing and compared with other known Munch paintings.

The results of the test will be released publicly later this year.

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