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Spanish Baroque painting botched by amateur restoration

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    A private art collector in Spain has been left stunned by the botched restoration of a painting by Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

    The Valencia-based collector paid €1,200 ($1,355; £1,087) for it to be cleaned by a furniture restorer, according to Spain's Europa Press.

    But despite two attempts to fix it, the picture of the Immaculate Conception has been left unrecognisable.

    The incident has drawn comparisons with other recent "restorations" in Spain.

    In 2012, an elderly parishioner attempted to restore a prized fresco of Jesus Christ at her local church near Zaragoza. But her paint job led to the painting being dubbed 'Monkey Christ.'

     

    Elias Garcia Martinez's Ecce Homo (left) and the restoration

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