Stolen Francis Bacon Recovered in Spain, French Police Find Trove of Looted Antiques, Fotografiska New York Plans Move, and More: Morning Links for May 23, 2024

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LOST, NOW FOUND. Spanish police have recovered a stolen Francis Bacon painting worth an estimated $5.4 million. The 1989 portrait of Bacon’s friend, the banker José Capelo, is one of five works by the Dublin-born artist, robbed from Capelo’s Madrid home in 2015, worth over $27 million all told. Three other paintings from the same loot were recovered in 2017, and two suspects reportedly helped investigators find this most recent, fourth missing painting. They are among a total of 16 other suspects arrested in connection to the major 2015 theft, which also included a snatched safe of jewelry and coins. As for the last missing painting, investigators said they were “continuing to locate the remaining work and arrest those in possession of it, with the focus on Spanish nationals with links to organized groups from Eastern Europe,” reports the BBC.

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Stolen Francis Bacon Recovered in Spain, French Police Find Trove of Looted Antiques, Fotografiska New York Plans Move, and More: Morning Links for May 23, 2024