Three men convicted of stealing valuable Edvard Munch painting from museum that did not notice it was missing


Theft: The Scream, Edvard Munch's best-known work. Three men have been convicted of stealing one his paintings from a museum in Malmo, Sweden

Theft: The Scream, Edvard Munch's best-known work. Three men have been convicted of stealing one of  his paintings from a museum in Sweden

A Swedish court has convicted three men of stealing a valuable painting by Edvard Munch from a museum which failed to realise it was even missing.

Malmo District Court said the men, who have not been identified, were guilty of stealing the Norwegian expressionist's canvas and two works by Swedish artists worth 10million kronor (£950,000).

Police found the stolen goods while investigating other crimes.

The Malmo Art Museum had taken down the paintings, including Munch's 'Two Friends', earlier this year and placed them in a storeroom.

It was not clear when or how the thefts had occurred.

The court today jailed one of the men for six months, fined the other two and ordered all three to pay damages amounting to 33,000 kronor (£3,100).

Clueless: Malmo Art Museum had taken the Munch painting down earlier this year and put it in a storeroom and failed to notice it was missing

Clueless: Malmo Art Museum had taken the Munch painting down earlier this year and put it in a storeroom and failed to notice it was missing

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