Paintings were seized following a tip-off from the Art Loss Register
Artwork by Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon in his studio, 1960, Made of gelatin
Spanish police say that they have recouped three works by Francis Bacon that were stolen from a private home in Madrid in June 2015. Five works by the Dublin-conceived craftsman were evacuated amid the assault.
As indicated by the BBC, the three unidentified works, which have a place with Bacon's colleague José Capelo, were recouped following a tip-off from the Art Loss Register, the London-based stolen workmanship database. The UK association was reached by a person in Sitges who needed to confirm one of the works. Spanish police did not react to facilitate enquiries.
"The return of the pictures is testament to the benefits of international cooperation between the private sector and law enforcement agencies. That these pictures have now been recovered through the skill of the Spanish police, after the Art Loss Register had identified them, and following the circulation of details of the loss via Interpol, is a perfect example of the value of such collaboration," says James Ratcliffe, director of Recoveries & General Counsel at the Art Loss Register.
Ten individuals have so far been confined regarding the theft; seven captures were made in Madrid a year ago and three more individuals were captured in January.
Bacon’s triptych, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963), the first portrait of the artist’s longtime lover, fetched $51.8m at Christie’s New York in May.