One of the paintings of Francis bacon at auction house Christies, London
From home in Central Paris stole five paintings of Francis bacon, the total cost is estimated at approximately €30 million, reports El Pais, with reference to its sources.
The robbery, according to the newspaper, happened in June of last year in the heavily guarded area of Madrid. The house where the picture was next to the Senate. The robbers had disabled the alarm and did not leave any traces of crime. The building has no security cameras, and the neighbors didn’t hear of criminals who, according to El Pais, worked “quickly and quietly”. Police suspect that while some of the burglars committed the theft, another watched the owner of the works to warn accomplices, when he decides to return home.
The works belongs to 59-year-old friend and heir to the artist, his name is not called, is known only by the initials J. C. B., El Pais writes that, according to police, the picture never left Spain. The Heist, as stressed by the publication, became the largest in Spain over the last decades. Looking for criminals inside the country and abroad.
The work of the English artist Francis bacon are among the most popular in the world — at auction in 2013, his work “Three sketches for a portrait by Lucian Freud”, written in 1969, was sold for a record $142 million during the pre-sale estimate of $85 million In 2014, his triptych “Seated figure” sold for $45 million.