Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Auction site returns stolen painting

Share this article

12:00 CEST+02:00
An artist who discovered that his stolen work was being auctioned on the internet has had his work returned to him.

On Saturday the auction firm contacted artist Lars Blückner, saying they wanted to give him his painting back.

"Obviously I was delighted," said Blückner to the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper.

"I think it was very dignified of them. This painting could have passed through a lot of people's hands. And it is impossible to expect Lauritz.com to have known that from the beginning it was stolen."

The theft took place nine years ago and the case had been closed. But last week Blückner noticed that the painting, which was donated to the City of Helsingborg the year before it was pinched, was listed on the auction site's pages.

Now Lars Blückner hopes that the painting will hang in one of the staircases of the Parapet, a restaurant and gallery on the harbour pier, from where it was originally stolen.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

The ‘fairytale' boarding school nestled in a Swedish village

The words ‘boarding' and ‘school' often summon images of strict teachers, drab dormitories and downcast children. That image couldn't be further from reality at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), where boarders describe the ‘fairytale' school as a home away from home.

Advertisement