Bacon works of art recovered

Spain Stolen Art
In this photo released by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Saturday, May 28, 2016, one the five paintings by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon recovered by the Spanish Police, is displayed. Spanish police say they have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in stealing five paintings by painter Francis Bacon worth 25 million euros ($27.8 million). (Spanish Interior Ministry via AP)

OFFICERS FROM the Spanish police are believed to have recovered paintings by artist Francis Bacon, stolen from a Madrid gallery in an infamous heist.

With a combined value of £23m, a total of five works of art were stolen from a country house in a prosperous area of the Spanish capital back in June 2015.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, police now have three of the paintings in their custody after a two-year investigation, which has resulted in ten men being arrested; seven back in 2016 and a further three in January of this year.

The late Francis Bacon had left the stolen works to a personal friend, 59-year-old Jose Capelo, in his will and it was from his property that they were stolen just over two years ago.

Police sources said those detained had been more than helpful in the operation to recover the paintings adding: “We are very hopeful to locate the other two stolen paintings.” The investigation continues and remains highly confidential.

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