Ten iconic Salvador Dalí artworks have been stolen in a smash-and-grab robbery from a gallery located in Stockholm, Sweden.
Thieves, who smashed through a glass door of the Couleur gallery—a space located in Stockholm’s upmarket Ostermalm district—made off with bronze sculptures and etchings by the Spanish surrealist artist.
“They were worth 200,000 to 500,000 crowns (£16,000 to £40,000) each. So it’s quite a lot of money. It’s terrible,” Peder Enstrom, the owner of the gallery told news agency TT.
The stolen works by Dali were on loan from Switzerland, Enstrom also confirmed while also adding that the stolen property will struggle to be sold. “They didn’t get the certificates, which is very good because that will give them some big problems trying to sell the sculptures,” he said.
“The police say it seemed well-planned,” Engström said in a separate interview with The Telegraph. “They were pretty good at what they were doing. I feel awful, of course. What else is there to feel? It was a wonderful exhibition of Salvador Dali, and now it’s over.”
Along with the etchings and bronze sculptures, it has also been confirmed that two of Dalí’s iconic ‘melting clocks’ were taken during the raid.
“The scene has been cordoned off so that forensics can carry out an examination,” Stockholm police said in a statement while refusing to offer more details.