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Decades-Old Paintings By CIA Artist, Tony Mendez, Find New Home


Reporter: LOOKS MOM SAYS SHE WILL GO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A FEW MONTHS AND THEN RAMP UP TRAINING AFTER CHRISTMAS. SHE WILL HAVE A WHOLE TEAM OF TRAINERS BEHIND HER, THIS IS SOMEONE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR. DOMINIC GARCIA, COVERING COLORADO FIRST. INCREDIBLE DOMINIC , THANK YOU. HERE IS ONE OF DENVER’S FAMOUS ARTISTS, MOST PEOPLE NO TONY MENDEZ FOR SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY. HE WAS A CIA AGENT WHO SNUCK HOSTAGES OUT OF IRAN. THE MOVIE ARGO WAS MADE ABOUT HIS MISSION. LONG BEFORE ANY OF THAT MENDEZ CREATED WORKS OF ART AND FOR YEARS THE PAINTINGS SAT IN ONE WOMAN’S GARAGE. JEB TODD INTRODUCED US TO THE WOMAN IN JANUARY AND NEXT TO YOUR REPORTING THOSE PAINTINGS ARE OUT OF THAT GARAGE AND ON DISPLAY FOR ALL OF US TO ENJOY. Reporter: KAREN IT WAS OF YOU WERE OF THIS FINE NEWSCAST TO SAW OUR REPORT IN THE WINTER AND DECIDED HE’D LIKE THE OIL PAINTINGS THAT DEPICTED LIFE IN DENVER IN THE LATE 1800S SO HE DECIDED TO PUT THEM HERE IN THE OFFICE SPACE HE OWNS SO THAT ALL CAN SEE. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE WORKABILITY CO-WORKING SPACE, ART IS EVERYWHERE. MURALS AND MORE. WE TRY TO MAKE SURE THERE IS INSPIRATION WHEREVER THEY LOOK. Reporter: ON MONDAY TWO NEW PIECES WERE PUT ON DISPLAY. THEY WERE BOUGHT BY –‘S FATHER. HE LOVED THE IDEA THAT THEY’VE BEEN HIDDEN FOR THIS LONG AND NOW SUDDENLY THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY TO REVEAL THEM TO EVERYONE. Reporter: THE PAINTINGS USED TO BE IN LISA LEITER’S GARAGE, SHE SHOWED THEM TO US IN JANUARY. THEY WERE GOING TO BE THROWN AWAY SO MY DAD SAID CAN I HAVE THOSE, EXCEPT HE HAD NO PLACE TO PUT THEM. Reporter: FOR DECADES THEY HAD BEEN IN STORAGE UNTIL THEY FOUND OUT WHO ANTONIO MENDEZ WAS. HE DID REALLY HAVE SOME NOTORIETY WHEN I GOT HIM. Reporter: TONY MENDEZ HAS BEEN THE FOCUS OF THE MOVIE ARGO. AND SEVERAL BOOKS. HE PAINTED THESE HISTORIC SCENES OF DENVER BEFORE HE BECAME A CIA OFFICER. THEY WERE ONLY ON THE WALLS FOR FOUR YEARS FOR FOREHAND, THEY WEREN’T EVEN DAMAGED. THEY ARE ALMOST BRAND-NEW IN THAT RESPECT AS FAR AS AN OIL PAINTING GOES. Reporter: THE PAINTINGS ARE ON MASONITE AND WERE 300 POUNDS EACH. IT TOOK SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO MOVE THEM AND GET THEM ON DISPLAY HERE. WE WERE JUST REALLY HAPPY THAT THEY ARE NOT SITTING IN THE GARAGE IN A BOX. IT’S BEEN A REALLY BIG TEAM EFFORT. ACTUALLY THAT HAS MADE IT NICER. Reporter: THE PAINTINGS WERE ORIGINALLY IN A HOTEL NEAR WASH PARK

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