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Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Spanish Police

Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Spanish Police

This undated file photo shows Francis Bacon at the Tate Gallery in London. (AP Photo/Press Association, File)

By    |   Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:53 AM EDT

Spanish police have recovered three of five stolen Francis Bacon paintings taken from a Madrid apartment in 2015.

Seven suspects linked to the theft were arrested last year and three others in January, but the paintings had not yet been recovered.

The five paintings were said to have a total worth of more than $29 million, and the theft was the biggest of contemporary art in all of Spain, the BBC reported.

The three stolen paintings, which were part of a collection owned by one of the artist’s close friends, were found in a house in Madrid, but no other details about the recovery were available Wednesday..

Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1909 and was not formally trained as a painter. Instead, he studied old master paintings in the Prado Museum in Madrid. He died of a heart attack in Madrid in 1992.

Another painting by Bacon became, at the time, the most expensive artwork ever sold when it was auctioned off for $142 million in New York in 2013.

Twitter followers were unimpressed with the artworks pictured and wondered what made them so famous.

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