Francis Bacon painting valued in millions recovered – DW – 05/24/2024

Francis Bacon painting valued in millions recovered – DW – 05/24/2024
Francis Bacon painting valued in millions recovered – DW – 05/24/2024

Spanish police said the fourth of five paintings by Irish painter Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015 have been recovered. A police statement said Thursday that the 1989 painting of a man’s head, titled the back part as “Study for portrait of José Capelo”, is valued at 5 million euros (5.4 million dollars).

It was recovered after the arrest in February of two people suspected of having received two of Bacon’s five works. The five stolen paintings were then worth a total of 25 million euros. They were part of a collection owned by a close friend of Bacon, who reported the theft to police in July 2015.

What happened to the fifth painting?

Police said 16 people, including the robbers, have been arrested since investigations began. The statement says that the police continue the search for the fifth painting and are focusing the investigations on Spaniards with connections to Eastern European criminal gangs. Bacon frequently visited Madrid, where he spent time studying paintings by old masters at the Prado Museum. He died in the Spanish capital in 1992, aged 82.

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