Munch’s “The Scream” Stolen

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

Danish newspapers (take for example Politiken) are reporting on-line today that there was a robbery by several armed men of the Edvard Munch museum in Oslo. (None of the accounts state when this happened.) Among the paintings stolen was Munch’s world-famous work “The Scream.”

I’ll let other commentators, once they come on-line with this themselves, expand upon the truism that that particular painting provides an unparalleled representation of the modern condition, especially in these terrorist-filled times. What I’d just like to know now is how these criminals think they will be able to earn any money from their theft by selling such a famous work. Maybe to a “Dr. No”-type unscrupulous millionaire for his private collection? Or perhaps they simply intend to hold it for a ransom from the Norwegian (or European, or the world’s) people?

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