Officials at the Malmö Museum in southern Sweden were shocked to hear that police had discovered three of its stolen works of art in an unrelated raid in nearby Landskrona, especially because they had no idea the paintings were stolen.
“I got a real shock when the police called me at lunchtime yesterday. You don’t think that this can happen. It is like when you have personally been a victim of a theft, you feel aggressive and offended,” told museum head Göran Christensson to The Local, Sweden’s English newspaper.
The works of art stolen include Swedish artists Gustaf Rydverg and Paer Siegaard as well as a painting by Edvard Munch entitled “Two Friends,” worth about 1.5 million dollars. It is unknown when the paintings were pilfered but they had been taken down from display and put into temporary storage only two weeks prior. “Two Friends” dates from 1913 and depicts two dogs playing.
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