Greaaker, 29 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
It is not always a good idea to try to save money at all cost! A Norwegian art gallery discovered it to its cost! This gallery lost an etching by Rembrandt worth at least €5,400, sent through the post and never received, declared the gallery’s manager on Thursday 23 August 2012.
The Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker, 80 km south of Oslo, had bought a copy of Lieven Willemsz, van Coppenol, Writing-Master, an etching carried out with etching needle and chisel, dating from 1658, from a British dealer. Ole Derje, the gallery’s chairman stated “Using a courier or special insurance is quite expensive so we have used regular mail until now.”
“It is worth around 40,000 to 50,000 crowns (€5,400-€6,800) and the postal service is offering us compensation of 500-1,000 crowns ($86-$172).”
The postal services advised the gallery to resort to specialists for its future operations!