Art experts hired by the Junta de Andalucia to value the works of art seized from Juan Antonio Roca during the Malaya case said last week that the vast majority were fake or copies of little value. At first sight, Roca’s art collection of around 400 works, allegedly by painters like Picasso, Joan Miro or Tapies, was described as “fabulous”. Now it turns out that Roca, Marbella town council’s former urban planning adviser who is alleged to be the brain’s behind one of the biggest local government corruption scandals to hit the Costa del Sol in decades, was not a collector but an accumulator, as the art experts described him last week. They said the paintings, sculptures, drawings and antique furniture confiscated were worth between €2,000 and €6,000 each – a far cry from the millions they were allegedly worth when the scandal broke.


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