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U.S. authorities arrested a female suspect on Monday, July 29, 2013 for attacking three iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C. with green paint. The 58-year-old woman has been charged with defacing two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral and police have questioned her about similar defacement seen on the Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian Castle last week. Authorities are testing paint samples from the three locations to see if the incidents are connected.

Cleaning crews began working to rid the landmarks of the unsightly paint on Monday evening. Officials believe that paint removal and subsequent repair to the National Cathedral could cost an estimated $15,000. The Lincoln Memorial, which was vandalized on Friday, July 26, 2013, is about 90% paint-free.

The suspect, Jiamei Tianh, is currently in custody.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 13:22

Francis Bacon Paintings Discovered

Six paintings by Francis Bacon (1902-1992) have been discovered on the backsides of amateur works by Lewis Todd (1925-2006), a former caricaturist for the Cambridge Daily News. Bacon preferred to paint on the unprimed backs of canvases because of their raw quality. While the Heffer Gallery of Cambridge supplied art materials to both Bacon and Todd, it is unclear how the canvases found their way to the gallery. Heffer often provided Todd with rejected canvases, which he cut up and used for his own impressionist compositions.

The six paintings appear to be part of Bacon’s “Pope” paintings, which he executed during the 1950s. The series depicts freeze-frames of eerie religious figures and includes some of Bacon’s best-known works. The Francis Bacon Authentication Committee has confirmed that five of the six works are genuine after paint sample tests revealed that the paint is the same paint Bacon used during the 1950s and 1960s.

The newly discover Bacon paintings will be sold at Ewbanks Auctions in southern England on March 20, 2013. A strong force in the art market, a previous sale of Bacon’s garbage, journals, and discarded artworks garnered nearly $1.5 million at Ewbanks in 2007. The auction house has a set a pre-sale estimate of $152,570 for the newly discovered paintings, but wouldn't be surprised if they fetched closer to $300,000.       

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