Two years after masked gunmen grabbed national artistic treasures in front of stunned visitors at an Oslo museum, police recovered the Edvard Munch masterpieces “The Scream” and “Madonna” on Thursday.
Art lovers had feared the priceless paintings were gone for good. Norwegian news media spent the months speculating about the works’ fate — whether they had been burned to escape the police hunt, sold to a wealthy collector for private viewing or suffered harm in their hiding place.
“I saw the paintings myself today, and there was far from the damage that could have been feared,” said Iver Stensrud, the police inspector who headed the investigation since the paintings were taken by masked gunmen who raided the Munch Museum on Aug. 22, 2004.
No word yet on what flavor M&Ms the police will be munching on. Pun intended.