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Thieves steal valuable Munch work. Police believe robbery to be well-planned. A lithograph called “History”, created by Edvard Munch for an exhibition at Kristiana’s Tivoli in 1914, was stolen in a well-planned raid in Oslo late on Thursday night. Despite the fact that the Oslo police do not yet know either how many were involved in the robbery, or their identity, they believe that professionals are behind it.

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Thieves steal valuable Munch work

Published on Friday, 13th November, 2009 at 17:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Police believe robbery to be well-planned.

Edvard Munch "History"
Edvard Munch "History"
Photo: Munch mus./Munch-Ellingsen/BONO2009


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A lithograph called “History”, created by Edvard Munch for an exhibition at Kristiana’s Tivoli in 1914, was stolen in a well-planned raid in Oslo late on Thursday night.

Despite the fact that the Oslo police do not yet know either how many were involved in the robbery, or their identity, they believe that professionals are behind it.

Although the brokers’ owner Pascal Nyborg told The Foreigner that police have instructed him not to say anything about the theft, he believes the thieves knew what they were looking for as everything else was left untouched, according to NRK

John Roger Lund, in charge of the investigation, says police believe that the white van they found was used in the raid, and was stolen specifically for the task of taking the lithograph from Nyborg fine art brokers’ premises in Drammensveien.

International database

“We are in the process of contacting the police to obtain further details about the theft of the lithograph,” Maja Pertot Bernard at the Art Loss Register (ALR) in London tells The Foreigner.

The ALR maintains records of all lost or stolen works of art, with a database that is searchable by dealers, collectors, auction houses and police officers worldwide

But although it’s still early days, Mrs Pertot Bernard goes on to say that from their experience, the chances of recovery are higher soon after the theft.

High-profile

This is also not the first time Munch’s works have been stolen. In 1994, a version of “The Scream” was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo just before the opening of the Olympics.

In 1994, two paintings called “The Scream” and “Madonna insured for 141 million dollars were taken in a heist from the Munch Museum in Oslo in 1994, and “The Blue Dress” was stolen together with two lithographs from the Refsnes Gods Hotel near Moss in 1995. They were all recovered.

The ALR believes that possible reasons for stealing Munch’s works are his fame, the amount of publicity when his works are sold legitimately for a high price, and that he did a lot of prints – particularly lithographs – that are easy to hide and transport.

The hand-coloured “History” lithograph – sold for approximately 220,000 kroner in 2001 – is currently valued at approximately two million kroner, and is one of a kind.



Published on Friday, 13th November, 2009 at 17:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: edvard, munch, lithograph, stolen, oslo, history, historien, nyborg, fine, art, brokers, police, art, loss, register.





  
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