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Sotheby's Arts of the Islamic World auction. An Ottoman jewelled presentation sword. Turkey. 18th/19th century. Photograph: Rosie HallamSotheby's Arts of the Islamic World auction. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

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A Sotheby’s member of staff presents a 18th/19th Century Ottoman jewelled presentation sword at a media preview of the Arts of the Islamic World at Sotheby’s, London 

A woman walks past a piece of street art in Shoreditch, east London...A woman walks past a piece of street art in Shoreditch, east London, April 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A woman walks past a piece of street art in Shoreditch, east London 

A woman watches a creation by Tom Friedman 'Big Big Mac' during the unveiling of Arts & Food exhibition at the Triennale in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The exhibition is part of the Expo 2015 in Milan, whose theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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A woman watches a creation by Tom Friedman ‘Big Big Mac’ during the unveiling of Arts & Food exhibition at the Triennale in Milan, Italy. The exhibition is part of the Expo 2015 in Milan, whose theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”

Palestinian artist paints an artwork during an activity marking Land Day in Gaza City...A Palestinian artist paints an artwork during an activity marking Land Day in Gaza City March 30, 2015. Palestinians mark Land Day on March 30, the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel's appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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A Palestinian woman paints during activities to mark Land Day in Gaza City on Monday. Land Day is the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel’s appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee 

Exhibition Of Forty Artists Work Opens At The Yorkshire Sculpture Park...BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  A gallery staff member views Untitled (Diving Figure) by Antony Gormley, one of the works on display at in Yorkshire Sculpture Parks Longside Gallery as part of the 'Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986' exhibition on March 27, 2015 in Barnsley, England.  Yorkshire Sculpture Parks latest exhibition brings together the work of over 40 influential artists gathered mainly from the Arts Council Collection. 'Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986'  is the first exhibition to survey the era in British sculpture when a talented UK generation of artists began to receive international attention. The exhibition at the Longdale Gallery is open from 1 April - 21 June 2015.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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A gallery staff member views Untitled (Diving Figure) by Antony Gormley, one of the works on display at in Yorkshire Sculpture Parks Longside Gallery as part of the ‘Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986′ exhibition in Barnsley, It features work of over 40 influential artists gathered mainly from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition opens on April 1. 

Teachers select and grade paintings done by candidates taking part in an entrance examination at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou...Teachers select and grade paintings done by candidates taking part in an entrance examination at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Chance Chan

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Teachers select and grade paintings done by candidates taking part in an entrance examination at The China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 

A man looks to the art works Erection Molle, right, by artist Pol Bury  and 'Weisse Muehle' ( White Mill), right, by artist Guenther Uecker as part of the ZERO exhibition in Berlin, Friday, March 20, 2015. The exhibition is honoring the German-born ZERO movement, which sought to give a new optimism and a fresh start to art after the gloomy post-World War II years, with a major retrospective. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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A man looks to the art works Erection Molle, right, by artist Pol Bury and ‘Weisse Muehle’ (White Mill), right, by artist Guenther Uecker as part of the ZERO exhibition in Berlin. The exhibition is honoring the German-born ZERO movement, which sought to give a new optimism and a fresh start to art after the gloomy post-World War II years, with a major retrospective. 

Visitors and participants visit the Temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on March 16, 2015 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Members of the public will be able to use the Temple as a space for contemplation and remembrance, and to leave mementos, messages and photographs in its interior. Following this period, Temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched in a ceremony at dusk on Saturday March 21st

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Members of the public visit art project ‘The Temple’ in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. David Best’s installation hosts space for contemplation and remembrance, and people are encouraged to leave mementos, messages and photographs inside until Saturday, when ‘Temple’ and its contents will be ceremonially torched at dusk.

A visitor passes the inside section of Zhu Jinshi's 'Boat' Installation art is seen at The Rotunda, Exchange Square on Monday in Central, Hong Kong. The public exhibition brings to Hong Kong for the first time a monumental 18-metre long, 7-metre high installation, Boat by Zhu Jinshi, composed of bamboo, cotton and over 12,000 sheets of xuan (rice) paper. Zhu Jinshi is one of China's leading contemporary artists who has offered outstanding contributions to the field across various mediums, including painting, performance art and art installation. Xuan paper has been a major medium in the artist's repertoire since 1988 when, working in Berlin, he produced A Cube of Xuan Paper. Working on monumental site-specific xuan paper installations has been a constant line of exploration for Zhu

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A visitor passes inside a section of Zhu Jinshi’s ‘Boat’ Installation art at The Rotunda, Exchange Square on Monday in Hong Kong. The public exhibition brings to Hong Kong for the first time a monumental 18-metre long, 7-metre high installation composed of bamboo, cotton and over 12,000 sheets of xuan (rice) paper

A member of staff poses for a photograph with the artwork "Migraine", by Jake and Dinos Chapman, at Sotheby's auction house in London March 4, 2015. The work is part of an eclectic exhibition and sale called Bear Witness, which will be auctioned over three days from March 10.

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A member of staff holds the artwork Migraine, by Jake and Dinos Chapman, at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Wednesday. The work is part of an exhibition and sale called Bear Witness, which will be auctioned over three days next week

Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to a number of media clips of badly behaved "Chinese" tourists going viral on Thai social media over the past few weeks, the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association had an urgent meeting on Tuesday to try to find solutions for the "problem of Chinese tourists."

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Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he called "Oil Mosquitoes", which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk February 25, 2015. Slonov showed his installation called "Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth" ahead of the opening the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on February 26.

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Russian artist Vasily Slonov carries props he calls ‘Oil Mosquitoes’, which are made of stainless steel and glass filled with natural oil, for a demonstration of an installation on beside the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Mr Slonov showed his installation titled ‘Mosquitoes exhausting the oil, the blood of the Earth’ ahead of the opening of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum on Thursday

A woman passes by a graffity in central Athens on February 20, 2015. Germany and Greece face off in yet another eurozone meeting Friday in search of a last minute bailout compromise, with Berlin insisting Athens accept continued austerity in return for fresh debt aid.

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A woman passes by graffiti in central Athens on Friday. Germany and Greece face off in yet another eurozone meeting in search of a last minute bailout compromise

David Beckham attends a press conference to mark his 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, at Google's headquarters in central London, February 9, 2015. Beckham announced the launch of a new fund, "7: David Beckham UNICEF Fund", named after his old shirt number.

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David Beckham attends a press conference to mark his 10 years as a Unicef goodwill ambassador at Google’s headquarters in central London. He announced the launch of the 7: David Beckham Unicef Fund, named after his Manchester United shirt number

Press preview for Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015 Exhibition...WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: A member of the Royal Collection staff poses besides a portrait of the Duke of Wellington in the Waterloo Chamber during a press preview for Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015 Exhibition at Windsor Castle on January 28, 2015 in Windsor, England. Paintings in the chamber will be on display with objects presented to George IV from the battle of Waterloo, which celebrates it's bicentennial this year. The exhibition opens at Windsor Castle from January 31, to January 13, 2016 as part of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo celebrations.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A member of the Royal Collection staff poses besides a portrait of the Duke of Wellington in the Waterloo Chamber during a press preview for Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015 Exhibition at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Paintings in the chamber will be on display with objects presented to George IV from the battle of Waterloo, which celebrates it’s bicentennial this year. The exhibition opens at Windsor Castle from January 31, to January 13, 2016 as part of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo celebrations. 

Gallery technicians at Sotheby's Bond Street get ready to exhibit five Monet's with a value in excess of  70 million which are coming up for auction.

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Gallery technicians at Sotheby’s Bond Street get ready to exhibit five Monet’s with a value in excess of 70 million prior to being auctioned.

A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing...A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing January 16, 2015. The gallery attracts visitors with various 3D paintings and installations depicting world famous political

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A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial Army soldier at an art gallery in Beijing on Friday. The gallery attracts visitors with 3D paintings and installations depicting political leaders, celebrities and film scenes 

Art historian Chloe Nelkin views Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, 1782, by John Singleton Copley during the Guildhall Art Gallery's re-launch following a re-hang for the first time in 15 years, Guildhall Art Gallery, London.

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A Gallery visitor views Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, 1782, by John Singleton Copley during the Guildhall Art Gallery’s re-launch following a re-hang for the first time in 15 years at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London on Thursday

Exam markers inspect students’ exam papers for the national college entrance examination to the higher academy of fine arts at the paper inspection site in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China.

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Exam markers inspect students’ exam papers for the national college entrance examination to the higher academy of fine arts at the paper inspection site in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China.

Large-Scale Kaleidoscopic Projection At The Yorkshire Sculpture Park...WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08:  A visitor poses as she views Song for Coal, a large-scale kaleidoscopic projection inside St. Bartholomews Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on January 8, 2015 in Wakefield, England. The new work by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson explores the physical and cultural properties of coal and its history in the formation of Yorkshire, the landscape and it's people.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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A visitor poses as she views Song for Coal, a large-scale kaleidoscopic projection inside St. Bartholomews Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, England. The new work by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson explores the physical and cultural properties of coal and its history in the formation of Yorkshire, the landscape and it’s people.