'Scream' Is Found Undamaged
7 (AP) Norways most famous painting, "The Scream"
by Edvard Munch, was recovered today, almost three months after
it was stolen from an Oslo museum.
Police said the painting, which is on fragile paper, was recovered
undamaged in a hotel in Asgardstrand, about 40 miles south of
Oslo. Three Norwegians were arrested.
The recovery and arrests apparently were made in connection with
an attempt to sell or ransom the painting, the Norwegian new agency
The 1893 painting of a waiflike figure on a bridge was stolen
from the National Art Museum in a break-in on Feb. 12, the opening
day of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Over the past 10 days, the police found four pieces of the paintings
frame in Nittedal, a suburb north of Oslo, and what may have been
cryptic messages that the thieves wanted to discuss a ransom.
A few days after the theft, an anti-abortion group said it could
have the painting returned if Norwegian television showed an anti-abortion
film. The police dismissed their claim.
On March 3, the Government received a $1 million ransom demand
but refused to pursue it because no proof was offered that those
making the demand had the painting.
Times. May 8, 1994. p8(N), p6(L), col 3.
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