In the 1994 robbery the painting went missing for nearly three months. Police ultimately recovered the work undamaged in a motel in Åsgårdstrand, south of Oslo.
Four persons were arrested, and one person charged. Investigators stressed the robbers tried to ransom the painting, demanding half a million US dollars from the Norwegian government. It was never paid.
In 1994 the British auction house Sotheby's estimated the value of «The Scream» to 450 million Norwegian kroner, around 70 million US dollars.