Edvard Munch’s The Screamand Madonna were stolen

Art on This Day

On August 22nd 2004 The Scream and Madonna were stolen in a heist from Oslo’s Much Museum. Armed gunmen broke into the Museum in broad daylight and took both paintings off the wall, leaving with them in a getaway car. Together the paintings were worth around £50m. 
 
People started to fear about the damage caused to the paintings after the police found shattered wooden frames and glass from the works less than a mile away from the museum. Investigators believed that this heist may have been used as a distraction for the police from a previous robbery case at a bank in which an officer was killed. 
Both paintings were found two years later, however the details surrounding the discovery of them and their whereabouts during the two years were not revealed. Surprisingly they were found with less damage than expected.