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8/31/06

Norwegian Police Recover Munch Masterpieces 'The Scream' And 'Madonna'

The Edvard Munch masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna" have been recovered two years after masked gunmen stole the paintings from a Norwegian museum, Oslo police announced Thursday.

At a news conference, police said both paintings were in better than expected condition, and were recovered in a police action.

The paintings were stolen in a bold daylight raid from the Munch Museum in Oslo on Aug. 22, 2004.

"The pictures came into our hands this afternoon after a successful police action," said Iver Stensrud, head of the police investigation. He said the police have been working intensely for two years to find the paintings.

He said no reward had been paid.

"All that remains is an expert examination to confirm with 100 per cent certainty, that these are the original paintings. We believe these are the originals," Stensrud said.

"The Scream," which shows a waif-like figure apparently screaming or hearing a scream, has become a modern icon of human anxiety. There are three other versions of the painting.

"I saw the paintings myself today, and there (was) far from the damage that could have been feared," said Stensrud.

Stensrud said it was not possible for the news media, or the public, to immediately see the paintings. He also refused to discuss the methods or details of the search.

The paintings had remained missing despite the conviction of three suspects in the case in May, an international police hunt and the offer of a two million kroner (about $325,000 Cdn) reward by the City of Oslo, which owns the paintings.

Stensrud said no reward had been paid, and that suspects in the case had not contributed to them being found. He also said police believe the paintings have been in Norway the whole time.

 

Source: AP

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