Masked robbers target Stockholm auction house

Prestigious auction house Stockholms Auktionsverk in central Stockholm was robbed around midday on Friday when two masked robbers ran in and ordering the shocked customers to lie down on the floor.

Masked robbers target Stockholm auction house

“It was frightening. He shouted ‘I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you in the head’, “ one witness told news agency TT.

At the time of the robbery around fifty customers were on the premises, mostly elderly. When the robbers entered they yelled at them to drop to the ground.

“I heard agitated voices and then a guy comes running in and grabs hold of a guard and shouts ‘take me to the gold’ and points a gun at him,” said the witness to TT.

All witnesses agree that it was chaotic and that the robbers seemed highly agitated.

“They smashed the display cases and grabbed as much as they could carry,” a witness told daily Aftonbladet.

When the robbers left, the doors were barred automatically and the police subsequently let the shaken customers out the back way once they arrived on the scene.

No one was injured in the attack and according to Stockholm police it is not certain how much the robbers took.

“They were acting so clumsily that they didn’t get that much. The alarm went off more or less instantaneously, so that probably stressed them out,“ a witness told Aftonbladet.

According to the head of information at Stockholms Auktionsverk, Anna Hamilton, the robbers didn’t succeed in stealing anything really valuable.

“Nothing very costly was taken. But it was a shock to us all,“ Hamilton told daily Expressen.

Stockholm Auktionsverk is currently exhibiting a large amount of silver artefacts and jewellery, as well as paintings by scandinavian artists Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Fredrik Hill and Carl Larsson ahead of the spring’s classical auction.

The police are now looking for the two individuals who fled the scene in a red car, which was later found abandoned not far from the auction house.

The surrounding area was cordoned off while explosive experts investigated a bag left by the robbers in front of the entrance to the house. According to police it’ only contained junk’.

Friday’s heist is the last in a series of robberies that have shaken Sweden, with a gold wholesaler in Stockholm robbed last week, a jewellers in Uppsala on Thursday, and a bank in Flen in eastern Sweden targeted the day before.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


This Swedish snack could be the world’s poshest cake

How much would you be prepared to pay for a traditional Swedish cream pastry? One Swedish baker is hoping customers will splash out a lot of dough on his gold-covered roll.

This Swedish snack could be the world's poshest cake
How much dough would you spend on this? Photo: Magnus Johansson Bageri & Konditori

The Swedish cream bun (known as a 'semla'), is a doughy ball that oozes out a sweet almond paste and oodles of whipped cream.

Traditionally eaten only on the day before Lent, it has become a staple in fika-crazy Sweden's cake-packed bakeries and cafes.

It usually does not come covered in 18-karat gold metal leaves, but one Swedish baker has his mind set on adding a bit of luxury and flair to his country's beloved 'semla'.

“It's normal wheat flour dough and ecological almond paste. The cream is champagne-flavoured,” Magnus Johansson, who runs a bakery in the Hammarby Sjöstad area of Stockholm, told The Local after his creation went viral online in Sweden on Friday.

What a 'semla' normally looks like. Photo: Camilla Degerman/

Inspired by a $100 gold donut created by restaurant Manila Social Club in New York's hipster mecca of Williamsburg last week, Johansson decided to challenge his American counterparts.

“We responded to that and made a Swedish version, a 'semla', which is among the most Swedish things there are,” he said.


(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = “//”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

Världens lyxigaste semla finns nu i vår butik

Posted by Magnus Johansson Bageri & Konditori AB on Thursday, 14 January 2016

Clearly meant to be savoured, Johansson's invention is miles from last year's Swedish pastry hit, the 'semla-wrap', designed to be eaten on the go, for stressed Stockholmers.

But if you're reading this and suddenly find yourself feeling peckish, be prepared to cough up 955 kronor ($111) for this pre-order-only version of a snack that usually costs around 30 kronor. However, some sweet-toothed gold and champagne enthusiasts have already been in touch, revealed Johansson.

“One guy came in and bought one fairly immediately,” he said

Interview by Emma Lidman