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Miniature of Norway’s Sinnataggen sells for 1.6 million kroner

An original Gustav Vigeland miniature of the famous Sinnataggen (Spitfire or Angry Boy) sculpture was auctioned in Oslo on Monday.

Miniature of Norway’s Sinnataggen sells for 1.6 million kroner
Sinnataggen in Vigeland Sculpture Park. File photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

One of several existing original versions of the statue, an icon of the Norwegian capital’s Vigeland Sculpture Park, the 34.5cm-tall miniature version was sold for 1.6 million kroner (163,000 euros) to an anonymous telephone bidder, reports broadcaster NRK.

Norwegian sculptor Vigeland, who created the statue, was born in 1869 and died in 1943. His sculpture park in Oslo remains one of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions.

According to the Vigeland museum, the famous sculptor completed up to ten different miniature versions of the Angry Boy statue during his lifetime.

The version auctioned on Monday has a number of noticeable differences to the statue in the Sculpture Park, which is 83cm tall.

It is considerably older, having been cast in 1911. The park version was modelled in 1928.

Unlike the more famous, larger version, the miniature also has hair on its head.

“It is also somewhat rougher in style than the Sinnataggen in the Vigeland Park,” Hans Richard Elgheim of the Grav Wedels Plass auction house told NRK.

Elgheim said that Vigeland’s original vision was to create several Angry Boys to form part of a fountain complex, with several possible locations in Oslo mooted.

A Sinnataggen becoming available for sale is a rare event, he added.

“One was sold for 1.1 million kroner 15 years ago, and it could be another 15-20 years before it happens again.

“It is a first-class national icon,” Elgheim said.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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