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Friday, July 18, 2008

Stolen Art Watch, Swedish Art Heist, Details Emerge

Works by pop art masters taken from Swedish museum

STOCKHOLM: Thieves broke into a museum near Stockholm overnight and stole five works by American pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the manager said on Friday.

The pictures, two lithographs by Warhol and three by Lichtenstein, were together estimated to be worth between 3 million and 4 million Swedish crowns (250,000 and 335,000 pounds), said Carina Aberg of the family-run Aberg Museum.

She said the thieves spent less than 10 minutes in the building.

"They knew exactly what they were doing. They had been here and planned the whole thing," she told Reuters.

She said the Warhol works stolen were entitled "Mickey Mouse" and "Superman", from a series known as "Myths".

The Lichtenstein works taken were "Crak", "Sweet Dreams, Baby!" and "Dagwood".

The Walt Disney poster is called "The New Spirit"

Art Hostage comments:

These will be rolled up and tubed ready for transportation.

Dependent on how many other copies are around of each lithograph or the poster will determine which can be sold into the legitimate market in the future.

If there are not any specific distinctions of these versions then I am afraid who is to tell which versions are copies and which versions are legitimate ??

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