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Costumed mascot waits for the men's quarter-final match between Nadal of Spain and Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...A costumed mascot waits for the men's quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Martin Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

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A costumed mascot waits for the men’s quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Martin Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Guy Howard-Evans inspects the final installation of Barlach's 'Hovering Angel' sculpture at the British Museum on October 3, 2014 in London, England. The  piece by Ernst Barlach is his memorial to those killed in the First World War and forms part of the museum's 'Germany: Memories of a Nation' exhibition which opens on October 16, 2014 until January 25, 2015.

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Guy Howard-Evans inspects the final installation of Barlach’s ‘Hovering Angel’ sculpture at the British Museum on Friday in London, England. The piece by Ernst Barlach is his memorial to those killed in the First World War and forms part of the museum’s ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ exhibition which opens on October 16th until January 25th

Kazakhstan's Anton Pinchuk is almost lifted out of the ring by Iran's Ali Mazaheri during their men's gold medal heavyweight 91kg boxing match at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon

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Kazakhstan’s Anton Pinchuk (blue) is almost lifted out of the ring by Iran’s Ali Mazaheri during their men’s gold medal heavyweight 91kg boxing match at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Friday

Albert Museum technical service member Andy Monks cleans the Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly to complete the cleaning of the Dome in the Museum's Grand Entrance in Cromwell Road, west London.

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Victoria & Albert Museum technical service member Andy Monks cleans the Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly to complete the cleaning of the Dome in the Museum’s Grand Entrance in Cromwell Road, west London.

Japan's bronze medallist Sakai competes in the Men's 3m Springboard diving final during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon

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Japan’s bronze medallist Sho Sakai competes in the Men’s 3m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday

A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on October 2, 2014. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

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A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on Thursday. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions

South Korea's Kim Yeongnam competes in the Men's 1m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon October 1, 2014.

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South Korea’s Kim Yeongnam competes in the Men’s 1m Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

South Korean army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, South Korea,

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South Korean army soldiers demonstrate their martial arts skills during the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters, South Korea 

Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Gasquet of France during their men's singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during their men’s singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Tuesday

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing September 29, 2014.

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Serena Williams of the US serves during her singles match against Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Monday.

Autumn weather Sept 29th 2014...A calm and tranquil North Sea as The Couple by artist Sean Henery sits just off the coast at  Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, as the warmer than usual temperatures continue across the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 29, 2014. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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A calm and tranquil North Sea as ‘The Couple’ by artist Sean Henry sits just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland. Warmer than usual temperatures continue across the UK

Still life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies Painted on June 16-17, 1890. Itís the most significant painting by Van Gogh to appear on the market in decades.  Photographed at Sotheby"s 25/9/14

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Van Gogh’s ‘Still life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies’ seen here at Sotheby’s in London. It is expected to fetch between $30m – $50m when it goes to auction in New York in November at Sotheby’s Impressionist sale. 

South Korea's Lee completes a lift in the women's over 75kg snatch weightlifting competition at the Moonlight Festival Garden during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon

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South Korea’s Lee Hui-sol completes a lift in the women’s over 75kg snatch weightlifting competition at the Moonlight Festival Garden during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Friday

China's Liang riding Vasthi performs during the eventing individual and team jumping final at the Dream Park Equestrian Venue during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon

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China’s Liang Ruiji riding Vasthi in the eventing individual and team jumping final at the Dream Park Equestrian Venue during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon

Embargoed to 0001 Friday September 26  Undated handout photo issued by the Society of Biology of 'Bisons on Grand Prismatic Spring'' by Lukas Gawenda, which has been shortlisted for the Society of Biology's Photography Award.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 26, 2014. The theme of this year’s competition was Home, Habitat and Shelter and they received nearly 800 entries. Shortlisted images include; a chick embryo growing inside its egg, an underwater image of a sea turtle eating a jellyfish, and parasitoid wasps building clay pots to protect their young. Photo credit should read: Lukas Gawenda/Society of Biology/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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‘Bisons on Grand Prismatic Spring’ by Lukas Gawenda and has been shortlisted for the Society of Biology’s Photography Award. The theme of this year’s competition was home, habitat and shelter and the society received nearly 800 entries 

A spectator wearing a hat covered in badges waits for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

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A spectator wearing a hat covered in badges waits for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland

Pack races in the track cycling women's omnium 25km point race at the Incheon International Velodrome during the 17th Asian Games

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The pack races in the cycling track at the women’s omnium 25km point race at the Incheon International Velodrome during the 17th Asian Games in South Korea on Thursday

A man photographs Anila Quayyum Agha's "Intersections" art work on the first day of ArtPrize at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press

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A man photographs Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” art work on the first day of ArtPrize at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan

US fans watch players on the 14th tee during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

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US fans watch players on the 14th tee during a practice round ahead of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland on Wednesday

Artist Nathan Sawaya with one of his exhibits at The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of his LEGO sculptures, at the Old Truman Brewery in London.

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Artist Nathan Sawaya with one of his exhibits at ‘The Art of the Brick’, an showcase of his Lego sculptures, at the Old Truman Brewery in London.