An art collector in Spain has been left furious after a painting was given a botched restoration.



The collector paid over €1,000 for the picture of the Immaculate Conception to be cleaned by a restorer.

The painting, by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo, has now been left unrecognisable as a result.

There is now law in Spain forbidding people from restoring artwork, and the botched job was slammed by the country's Professional Association of Restorers and Conservators (Acre).

Acre said: ''This lack of regulation translates into an absence of protection of our heritage.

''In recent years, conservation-restoration professionals have been forced to emigrate or leave their professions due to a lack of opportunities.''