A rather unusual art theft has taken place in Copenhagen. Thieves have made off with Copenhagen Cathedral’s (Vor Frue Kirke) 2.5 tonne, 3.2 metre statue of King David which has been for repairs at the Flemming Brian Nielsen stonemasons in Sydhavnen.
“My transport driver called me yesterday morning at seven to say it had gone. That was the last thing I expected. It can’t be stolen,” says Flemming Brian Nielsen.
“They must have come into the courtyard with a truck and fastened pulleys and hoists to the statue. It must have taken at least an hour,” Nielsen says.
In order to get to the statue, the thieves also had to move two seven tonne plinths.
King David had to go for repairs after a hit-and-run driver became a hit-and-run-and-hit driver and collided with the statue’s plinth in June.
The statue was to have been repositioned next to Moses in front of the church yesterday, but when the company driver arrived to collect the statue, it had disappeared.
The bronze statue of King David was ordered by Copenhagen University in 1850 and created by Jens Adolf Jerichau. The statue was raised in 1860.
“It’s too big to have indoors, and if it is placed outdoors it will be discovered immediately. I have no idea who would want to buy it,” says Nielsen who adds he is concerned that the statue may be broken up for its bronze value.