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In 1961, the National Gallery suffered one of the most shocking incidents in its history: the theft of a magnificent, newly acquired portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Goya.

The unlikely suspect behind this major heist? Kempton Bunton, a retired pensioner from Newcastle. 

Now the subject of a new film, 'The Duke' – starring Jim Broadbent as Bunton – see what happened when the actor came face-to-face with the original painting for the first time, in our conservation studio:

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The Duke

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The story of how one man stole a national treasure, then stole the nation's hearts
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