Bengt said he had tried to communicate with the municipality about five times but they never called back. Then after they'd decided not to buy the sculpture, they called and wanted him to participate next year at the 50 year anniversary of the Picasso sculpture. He told them to go to hell.
I remember the local news paper writing about it and from my point of view it seemed like no one was in charge from the local authorities, then they argued about the price, then Bengt made a copy of the statue and the authorities had some kind of event around it to decide weather they should buy it or not. In the end they decided not to buy it. Why go through so much trouble? First of all, why do people think that art and culture should be free? Second, if you think it is too expensive, negotiate about the price first. If you don't want to pay the price that's fine, but why let the artist make a real copy of the sculpture (which he paid for himself for thousands of SEK) so they can organize an event around it if you're not even interested in buying it from the beginning?
I know all stories have different versions and since I haven't talked to anyone from the municipality I cannot be objective about it. This is just based on Bengt's speech and what I've heard and read in the media.