Police swoop recovers missing Spanish art masterpieces

LAST UPDATED: 27 Apr, 2011 @ 07:41
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Police swoop recovers missing Spanish art masterpieces

PRICELESS paintings by Spanish masters Francisco de Goya and El Greco, which had been missing for more than 10 years, have been found by police.

Goya’s Apparition of the Virgin of Pilar and El Greco’s Annunciation were discovered in a house in Alicante.

The works, which belong to a private collection, were part of a travelling art exhibition, and were only reported missing in the late 1990s when it finally returned to Spain.

Both oil paintings were included on a police database of missing art works in a bid to prevent their international sale.

Officers finally increased their efforts to find the missing masterpieces last October when they received a tip off of a possible sale.

Works by the pair are highly revered in Spain, with most kept in museums including Madrid’s Prado.

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