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Salvador Dali sculptures worth nearly £500,000 stolen in dawn smash-and-grab on Stockholm gallery 

Salvador Dali sculptures worth nearly £500,000 are stolen in dawn smash-and-grab on Stockholm gallery

  • 10 or 12 bronze sculptures by Salvador Dali worth up to £40,000 each stolen
  • Alarm raised at 4am Thursday after thieves broke into Couleur Art Gallery
  • Two suspects are believed to have made off in a dark Audi before police arrived 
  • The works had been shipped in from Switzerland for a 10 day exhibition 

Sculptures by Salvador Dali worth nearly £500,000 were stolen early this morning in a smash-and-grab raid on a Stockholm gallery.

The alarm was raised at around 4am on Thursday after thieves broke through the front entrance of the Couleur Art Gallery in the Östermalm neighborhood.

The burglars worked fast to strip the place of 10 or 12 bronze sculptures by the surrealist master, each worth up to £40,000 and each around 20 inches high.

The two suspects are believed to have sped off in a dark Audi and the police arrived after they had left. Officers had been alerted by a private security firm.

The alarm was raised at around 4am on Thursday after the thieves broke through the front entrance of the Couleur Art Gallery in the Östermalm neighborhood.

The sculptures had been shipped in from Switzerland as part of a 10 day exhibition. They are believed to have included 'The Profile Of Time', a 1977 sculpture by Dali echoing his famous 1931 painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’

The sculptures had been shipped in from Switzerland as part of a 10 day exhibition. They are believed to have included ‘The Profile Of Time’, a 1977 sculpture by Dali echoing his famous 1931 painting ‘The Persistence of Memory’

Gallery owner Peder Enstrom told Goteborgs-Posten: ‘The alarm went off at ten past four this morning, and police and security guards were quickly in place.

Dali, a Spanish artist who died in 1989, was famous for his bizarre artworks and often just as renowned for his eccentric behaviour

Dali, a Spanish artist who died in 1989, was famous for his bizarre artworks and often just as renowned for his eccentric behaviour

‘You see the podiums here, they are empty. They have taken all the sculptures. There were about ten. 

‘They were worth between 200,000 and 500,000 krona each. So that’s a lot of money. It’s awful.’

The sculptures had been shipped in from Switzerland as part of a 10 day exhibition.

The gallery has been closed off and police have opened an investigation.

Mr Enstrom said that he hoped because the sculptures were numbered they would be difficult to sell. 

Dali, a Spanish artist who died in 1989, was famous for his bizarre artworks and often just as renowned for his eccentric behaviour, such as walking his pet anteater.

His most famous work, the 1931 painting ‘The Persistence of Memory,’ is one of the most recognisable works of surrealism. It features melting watches or clocks on a coastal landscape.

Police were called to the scene by a private security firm which has alarm systems at the gallery

Police were called to the scene by a private security firm which has alarm systems at the gallery

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