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Spanish police recovers 3 stolen Francis Bacon works

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/19/2017 The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Police says agents have recovered three of five prized paintings by the artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in July 2015.

The market value of the five artworks was estimated to be above 25 million euros ($27.8 million).

Police arrested seven suspects linked to the theft last year and three more in January this year. No details were available immediately, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The paintings were part of a collection owned by a close friend of Bacon in central Madrid, according to earlier reports.

The figurative Irish-born artist spent time studying old master paintings in the Spanish capital's Prado Museum. He died in the city in 1992 at age 82.

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