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Sotheby's employees hang up the paintings 'A View of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge', left, and 'A View of the Piazza San Marco looking East towards the Basilica' by Canaletto on display at the auction house in London. The paintings are to be auctioned as a pair in 'Old Master and British Paintings' sale on Dec. 4 with an estimated price of 8 to 12 million pounds (US$12.44 to 18.66 million or 9.3 to 13.94 million euro).

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Sotheby’s employees hang the paintings ‘A View of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge’, left, and ‘A View of the Piazza San Marco looking East towards the Basilica’ by Canaletto at the auction house in London. The paintings are to be auctioned as a pair in the Old Master and British Paintings sale on December 4, with an estimated price of £8m to £12m.

A visitor looks at the art work titled "Skulls," which is constructed out of 12,444 Lego bricks, during the "The Art of the Brick" exhibition at the Brussels Stock Exchange November 25, 2013. The exhibition featuring large Lego art works by U.S. Lego artist Nathan Sawaya will run till April 21, 2014.

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A visitor looks at “Skulls”, an artwork constructed out of 12,444 Lego bricks, during the Art of the Brick exhibition at the Brussels Stock Exchange. The show features large Lego works by US artist Nathan Sawaya and will run until April 21 2014.

Battle of Trafalgar painting by JWM Turner at The Turner and Sea Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which opens on 22nd November 2013

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“Battle of Trafalgar”, painted by JMW Turner in 1824, will be on display as part of the Turner and Sea exhibition, which opens on Friday at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. 

A model presents a creation from a lingerie collection during the China Fashion Week in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

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A model on Wednesday presents a creation from a lingerie collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing

CORRECTS TO AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST ANNUAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, NOT THE WORLD'S LARGEST EXHIBITION - A sculpture by Australian artist Ken Unworth is displayed at Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, "Sculptures By The Sea" in Sydney in  Australia,  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.  The exhibition features sculptures which were made by both Australian and overseas artists.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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A sculpture by Australian artist Ken Unworth is displayed as part of Sculptures By The Sea, an exhibition in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition features works by Australian and international artists. 

An artisans holds a tin containing flames to dry an idol of Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, at Kumartuli or potters' place in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Kali Puja, the festival dedicated to the worship of Kali, will be celebrated on Nov. 2.

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An artisan uses flames to dry a statue of Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, in Kolkata, India. Kali Puja, the festival dedicated to the worship of Kali, will be celebrated on November 2. 

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A dancer poses with a new installation of art by British graffiti artist Banksy painted on the front door of the Hustler Club in New York 

Steven Cohen...South African artist Steven Cohen poses in the exhibition 'My Joburg - Art Scene Johannesburg' in the Kunsthalle in the Lipsiusbau in†Dresden,†Germany, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The exhibition by the Dresden†State Art Collections runs from Oct. 26, 2013 until Jan. 5, 2014.

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South African artist Steven Cohen poses at the exhibition “My Joburg – Art Scene Johannesburg” in the Kunsthalle in the Lipsiusbau in Dresden, Germany. The exhibition by the Dresden State Art Collections runs from Saturday until January 5, 2014. 

Artists A.Signl, left, and B.Shanti, second from right, of the artist group Captain Borderline paint their mural   'Surveillance of the fittest' at a wall in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The painting shows an American Bald Eagle with surveillance cameras watching a herd of sheep to draw attention to the spying program of the American National Security Agency. Germany demanded answers to ìall open questionsî about U.S. surveillance Thursday following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkelís cellphone, and her chief of staff noted that Washington hasnít denied past snooping.

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Artists A Signl (left) and B Shanti (second from right), of the artist group Captain Borderline, paint a mural “Surveillance of the Fittest” on a wall in Cologne, Germany, to draw attention to the spying programme of the US intelligence services 

A visitor looks at "2 Seated on the Wall with Big Chairs" art works by artist Juan Munoz during the International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris...A visitor looks at "2 Seated on the Wall with Big Chairs" art works by artist Juan Munoz during the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) at the Grand Palais in Paris October 23, 2013. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) will run from October 24 to 27 in the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)

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A visitor stands in front of ’2 seated on the wall with big chairs’, 2000, by Juan Muñoz during the International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. The fair runs from October 24-27. 

An Indian artist decorates earthenware o...An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or 'diyas' on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 23, 2013, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile .AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or ‘diyas’ on the outskirts of Hyderabad, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. 

David Cerny Creates Middle Finger Sculpture On Moldau River...PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 21:  The sculpture with a rude gesture pointed to the Prague Castle, seat of the Czech President Milos Zeman, by Czech artist David Cerny is placed on Moldau river on October 21, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. David Cerny comments current political situation by his work earlier.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Czech artist David Cerny sends a powerful message to his country’s president on Monday with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture floating on Prague’s Vltava river. Cerny’s gesture comes days before parliamentary elections that could give the communists a taste of power almost 25 years since they were ousted. 

A visitor photographs part of Robert Pruitt's "Safety Cones" at the Frieze Art Fair in central London...A visitor photographs part of Robert Pruitt's "Safety Cones" at the Gavin Brown's Enterprise from New York's stand at the Frieze Art Fair in central London, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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Robert Pruitt’s “Safety Cones” on display at the Gavin Brown’s Enterprise from New York’s stand at the Frieze Art Fair in central London. 

A Christie's employee looks up at artist Martin Honert's 'Giants' at The Thinking Big auction exhibition at the Sorting Office on Friday in London, England. The Saatchi Gallery and Christies are holding a special auction of major contemporary sculpture and installation to support the Saatchi Gallerys policy for free entry to all exhibitions, and free education programme for schools. Thinking Big features the work of 50 artists who have been shown at the Saatchi Gallery, including 'Young British Artists', such as Tracey Emin and the Chapman brothers, as well as newer talents such as Toby Ziegler, Kader Attia, Conrad Shawcross, Kris Martin and Sterling Ruby.

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A Christie’s employee looks up at artist Martin Honert’s ‘Giants’ at The Thinking Big auction exhibition at the Sorting Office on Friday in London. The Saatchi Gallery and Christies are holding the auction of contemporary sculpture and installation to support the Saatchi Gallery’s policy of free entry to exhibitions. Thinking Big features the work of Tracey Emin and the Chapman brothers, as well as newer talents such as Toby Ziegler and Kader Attia.

The triptych, which has never been seen before in the UK, is being exhibited at Christie s King Street during Frieze Art Week from October 13-18, before being auctioned in New York on November 12.

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The triptych of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon, which has never been seen before in the UK, is being exhibited at Christie’s King Street, London, during Frieze Art Week from October 13-18, before being auctioned in New York on November 12

A woman walks past a gallery's wall bearing the paintings by Song Changqing during the 2013 Beijing 798 Art Festival at the 798 Art Zone in Beijing. The art zone, originally an unused factory, was transformed into a landmark of contemporary art in Beijing in the 1990s. The annual art festival goes on till the 20th October.

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Men stroll past a painting by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, entitled Between Men and Animal, during a Sotheby’s auction preview in Hong Kong. The work is estimated at $644,650 to $1,031,440.

A woman takes a picture of installation 'Realidad' by British artist Sarah Lucas at the Whitechapel gallery in London September 30, 2013.

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A woman takes a picture of installation ‘Realidad’ by British artist Sarah Lucas at the Whitechapel gallery in London.

The Six New Proposed Artworks For The Fourth Plinth Are Unveiled...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Ekow Eshun, Chair of the judges looks a model of 'Gift Horse' by Hans Haacke as it is unveiled as a proposed design for the Fourth Plinth at  the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Feilds on September 24, 2013 in London, England. The two selected artists will be announced in early 2014, and their works will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

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Ekow Eshun, chair of the judges, looks a model of ‘Gift Horse’ by Hans Haacke as it is unveiled as a proposed design for the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square in London. Two selected artists will be announced in early 2014, and their works will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 

The art project 'Blue Peace Flock' by artists Rainer Bonk and Bertamaria Reetz is pictured in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg...The art project 'Blue Peace Flock' by artists Rainer Bonk and Bertamaria Reetz is pictured in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, September 20, 2013. The installation of 100 blue sheep sculptures symbolizing that 'everyone is equal and everybody is important'  is on display until Sunday.

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The art project Blue Peace Flock by artists Rainer Bonk and Bertamaria Reetz in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Germany