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2 famous paintings taken in an armed robbery

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posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:30 AM
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Edvard Munchs "The Madonna" and "The Scream" was stolen in an armed robbery today in Oslo, Norway.

"There were many witnesses to the robbery. Several of the witnesses are naturally reacted strongly to what they have seen. One woman has been driven to emergency in shock. We have mobilized all available resources, on the ground and in the air,..."

"We saw a man with a hood over his head run through the gallery," two young Czech tourists told Aftenposten's web edition. "Three of the museum's security guards were lying on the floor,..."


There are theories that Munch got the inspiration for the painting "Skrik" when he saw the horizon. The horizon was looking extreme and red because of the Krakatau eruption which occured at that time.

Munch's masterpieces stolen






[edit on 2004/8/22 by Hellmutt]




posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 07:31 AM
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This is not the first time the Scream was stolen. They asked a million last tiem and it was later found in a hotel room. Kind of a scary painting though.



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 09:30 AM
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The Police have a bad habbit of breaking into the wrong house.
Which also happened the last time "The Madonna" was stolen.
They blasted into the house next to the one where she was later found.
The poor guy didnt even now the painting was stolen.
He just woke up and wondered if he was still dreaming or maybe hallucinating.
The Police holding him up against the wall, asking if he have seen Madonna.



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 09:44 AM
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I thought strealing paintings was a thing of past. Who would think to steal TWO paintings from an art museum--I thought those places are usually under heavy surveillance and guard at all times for that exact reason. Well, I don't know if anyone will miss those paintings, but that is for an art criticism thread and I am not an art critic.



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:43 PM
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"On Sunday afternoon police investigating the robbery of two masterpieces from the Munch Museum were notified of what appeared to be painting frames, found in a downtown Oslo street. At 3 pm witnesses informed police of a similar find. Now experts fear the priceless paintings - "Skrik" and "Madonna" - may be damaged"

"We received a telephone call from some witnesses who had found remains of a frame..."
"Experts at the museum are concerned that this can mean the paintings will be damaged"

"The Scream (Skrik) is painted on board and not on canvas. As long as the painting is framed an in glass it is safe. But without a frame we are terrified for what may happen..."

It would be tragic for the entire world if these pictures are destroyed. They are two of the most central paintings in the entire Munch-collection..."


Fear for Scream's safety

The Madonna alone can be worth about NOK 150 million (USD 22.35 million).
"Skrik" is probably worth between NOK 250-350 million (USD 37-52 million)



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:48 PM
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There's already another topic on this matter:

www.abovetopsecret.com...

[edit on 22-8-2004 by Blackout]



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:51 PM
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I can't help but observe that "The Scream" is such an excellent example of our current state of feelings, that it is ironic for it to be stolen. Many times, when terror alerts, beheadings, etc. are being televised, I think of that painting and think: "Yep, one day I'm going ot run amuk in the street just like that."
What a terrible crime if these paintings are destroyed.
joey



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by Blackout
There's already another topic on this matter:

www.abovetopsecret.com...

[edit on 22-8-2004 by Blackout]


Thanks for the information.
Its also linked to this thread.



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:56 PM
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There's already another topic on this matter:



Yep thats ok as long as one is in ATSNN then we can have 2 threads on the same topic.




posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 01:59 PM
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Originally posted by joey
I can't help but observe that "The Scream" is such an excellent example of our current state of feelings, that it is ironic for it to be stolen. Many times, when terror alerts, beheadings, etc. are being televised, I think of that painting and think: "Yep, one day I'm going ot run amuk in the street just like that."
What a terrible crime if these paintings are destroyed.
joey


When I think of that painting:
"Oh no! I forgot to buy condoms!"...



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 02:08 PM
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Seems like there is some stupid amateurs which got hold of these paintings.
Theyre going to destroy them.
And who will be stupid enough to buy them anyway?
Vandals!



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 04:38 PM
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I read somewhere months ago that museum heist would happen. It was a prophecy by someone. Cant remember.

Good choice of paintings, though.
How could they unload these knowing the world is on alert and looking for thieves?



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:46 PM
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They were lucky it didnt end up in a hostage situation.
They charged in in broad daylight with visitors and tourists walking around.
If anything had gone wrong, they would have taken hostages for sure.



posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:47 PM
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This is posted on the ATSNN news alert very interesting article by Valhall.

Find it here

www.atsnn.com...



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 08:33 AM
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Number one:


Number two (is holding a gun):



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 11:39 AM
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The pictures were not insured against theft...

What were they thinking?
I guess insurance-fraud is out of the question...



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 11:51 AM
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The picture is probably ruined, they say that parts of the frame was scattered on the floor.



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 04:57 PM
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There are rumours that this robbery might have been ordered by some other gangsters.
There was another big robbery a short while ago in Stavanger, Norway.
These gangsters have still not been captured and they took the biggest amount of cash ever in norwegian history.
A policeman got shot and killed in this robbery and Stavanger looked like a warzone afterwards.
The police is on their track, and the gangsters might have ordered this new robbery to stress the polices resources and give them some relief.

Rumours say these latest robberers got a few houndred thousand NOK for acting out this stunt and could get a ransom as well for the paintings.

The paintings were insured only against fire and waterdamage (but only if they are hanging in the building/museum).



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 06:40 PM
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there are 4 versions of the scream. does anyone know how they differ?
googled on it allready but allways find the same version only.



posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 06:53 PM
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Originally posted by feyd rautha
there are 4 versions of the scream. does anyone know how they differ?
googled on it allready but allways find the same version only.


Try this:
"Skrik + Munch" at Allthewebs picture search

Which one is real and which is not, dont ask me.
But they all look different.
Ok, I can see at least a few obviously not painted by Munch...

And maybe you need to turn off the filter for offensive content



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