Stolen Francis Bacon painting recovered after nine years in Madrid

Madrid, May 23 (IANS/DPA): Spanish investigators said on Thursday that they have recovered a painting by British artist Francis Bacon, nine years after it was stolen from a Madrid apartment.

The painting, worth an estimated €5 million ($5.4 million), was found in a flat in the Spanish capital, the police said.

The artwork was the fourth of five pieces by Bacon worth a total of €25 million to be recovered since the theft in June 2015.

Investigators were able to find the painting thanks to new information gathered after the arrest of two people in February who were suspected of handling stolen art.

The police said 16 people have now been arrested in connection with the theft, including the original suspected perpetrators. Some had contacts with organized crime groups in Eastern Europe.

The investigation will continue until the final painting is recovered.

The 2015 theft made headlines worldwide after a Madrid apartment belonging to a former friend of Bacon's was broken into by burglars who managed to switch off an alarm system and steal the paintings without leaving fingerprints at the scene.

Bacon, who was born in Ireland to British parents, is remembered as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He died of a heart attack in April 1992 during a trip to Madrid.



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