3 Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Police in Spain

Image of stolen Francis Bacon works.
Image of stolen Francis Bacon works.
(Photograph: Spanish national police/EPA)

Spanish police announced the recovery of three of five stolen paintings by Francis Bacon on Thursday.

Five Bacon paintings valued at more than 25 million euros ($29 million) along with a safe with jewels and coins were taken from a Madrid residence in July 2015.

The works were stolen from a friend of Bacon while he was away in London.

Ten people have been arrested in the case so far. The theft began to unravel after a Barcelona resident contacted a British firm that specializes in stolen art with photos of the missing Bacons.

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