Spanish police recover stolen Francis Bacon painting worth $5.4 million

Spanish police recover stolen Francis Bacon painting worth $5.4 million

By fijivillage
Monday 27/05/2024
Painter Francis Bacon poses in front of paintings in 1987. Raphael Gaillarde/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Spanish police said on Thursday they had recovered a painting by the late Irish-born British figurative artist Francis Bacon, worth an estimated €5 million ($5.42 million), and one of five stolen from a Madrid home in 2015. The 1989 “Study for Portrait of José Capelo” is the fourth painting to be recovered of the group, which is estimated to be worth a combined €25 million.

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In February, police arrested two people accused of the receipt of stolen artworks in the Spanish capital, leading them to ultimately discover the painting at a property in Madrid.

Since the investigation began, 16 people believed to have masterminded and carried out the robbery have been arrested, police said in a statement.

According to local media, the paintings were stolen from the apartment of José Capelo, Bacon’s friend and former lover, although police would not confirm or deny that information.

Dublin-born Bacon, who died in Madrid in 1992, was one of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century, known for his disturbing vision of the human body. Since he died, his reputation has grown steadily and so has the valuation of his works on the art market.

Source : CNN

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