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Valuable painting stolen. A painting worth 20 million kroner was stolen from Larvik church on Saturday night. It was not insured. The oil on wood painting called “Let the small children come to me” is by the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was a close friend of Martin Luther. According to churchwarden Ludvig Levinsen at a press-conference held on Sunday, the painting was neither insured, nor bolted to the wall because they viewed fire to be a greater risk than either a break-in or theft. Already out of the country According to dagbladet.no, the police have already alerted the Norwegian Crime Investigation Service (Kripos) and Interpol as to the theft, but fear that the painting is no longer in Norway.

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Valuable painting stolen

Published on Sunday, 8th March, 2009 at 23:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th March 2009 at 22:26.

A painting worth 20 million kroner was stolen from Larvik church on Saturday night. It was not insured.

A portrait of Lucas Cranach The Elder
A portrait of Lucas Cranach The Elder
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/The Yorck project


Unsecured

The oil on wood painting called “Let the small children come to me” is by the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was a close friend of Martin Luther. According to churchwarden Ludvig Levinsen at a press-conference held on Sunday, the painting was neither insured, nor bolted to the wall because they viewed fire to be a greater risk than either a break-in or theft.

Already out of the country

According to dagbladet.no, the police have already alerted the Norwegian Crime Investigation Service (Kripos) and Interpol as to the theft, but fear that the painting is no longer in Norway.

“There are tracks that lead from the church and down to the marina that confirm that at least two people were involved in the theft”, inspector Magnar Pedersen told dagbladet.no.

The thieves are said to have gained entry to the church through a window.

Extremely valuable

Art-expert Gunner Krogh-Hansen in Blomqvist art-dealers in Oslo told aftenposten.no that he believed the painting’s value to be between 15 and 20 million Norwegian kroner. Such a well-known painting is impossible to sell on the open market.

“The painting measures approximately 1 x 1 metre and is painted on wood panel”, Petter Aronsen in Vestfold police-district told aftenposten.no

The painting is said to have hung in the church since its completion in 1677.




Published on Sunday, 8th March, 2009 at 23:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th March 2009 at 22:26.

This post has the following tags: art, theft, larvik, norway, police, .





  
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