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A man carries "Schwarze Spitzen" by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937  on display at Christie's auction house in London...A man carries "Schwarze Spitzen" by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937, on display at Christie's auction house in London March 28, 2014. The painting is expected to earn 2.4-3.6 million GB pounds (4-6 million U.S. dollars)  when auctioned in New York on May 6. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY)

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A man carries “Schwarze Spitzen” by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937, on display at Christie’s auction house in London. The painting is expected to earn 2.4-3.6 million GB pounds (4-6 million U.S. dollars) when auctioned in New York on May 6 Read more

A Christie's employee poses in front of one of two 'Unicorn Heads' at Christie's auction house on in London, England. The items make up part of the Les Trois Garcons' collection which will be sold at auction on March 5, 2014. The collection is made up of 380 lots from the owners of 'Les Trois Garcons' celebrity restaurant in Shoreditch and their homes.

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A Christie’s employee poses in front of one of two unicorn heads at Christie’s auction house on in London, England. The items make up part of the Les Trois Garcons’ collection that will be sold at auction on Wednesday. The collection is made up of 380 lots from the owners of Les Trois Garcons celebrity restaurant in Shoreditch and their homes.

Press Preview For Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Artworks Auction At Christie's...LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  A Christie's employee poses in a room with works by Miro at Christie's auction House on January 30, 2014 in London, England. The works make up part of the 'Impressionist and Moden Art' evening sale and 'The Art of the Surreal' evening sale which both take place on February 4, 2014 at Christie's auction house.

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An employee poses with artist Rene Magritte's artwork "Le beau monde" at Sotheby's auction house in London...An employee poses with artist Rene Magritte's artwork "Le beau monde" at Sotheby's auction house in London January 29, 2014.  The work is estimated to sell for 6 million GB pounds (9 million U.S. dollars) when auctioned in February at Sotheby's in London. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Réne Magritte’s Le beau monde is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art Evening Sale on February 5. The art work is estimated to sell for up to £6m. Read more

Sarah Gubbins of Bonhams, central London, with the gold and diamond crown tiara, entitled 'East of Paris'  worn by Victoria Beckham for her marriage to David Beckham, which will be offered for sale in the Fine Jewellery sale at Bonhams, London in December.

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Sarah Gubbins, of Bonhams, London, with the gold and diamond crown tiara, entitled “East of Paris”, worn by Victoria Beckham at her wedding to David Beckham, which will be offered for sale in December

Employee Julia Thomas poses with a diplodocus skeleton named "Misty", at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England November 25, 2013. The 17 meter skeleton unearthed in Wyoming is expected to sell for 600,000 GB pounds (U.S. $970,000) when it is auction as part of the "Evolution" sale at the auction house on November 27.

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The skeleton of a diplodocus named Misty towers over an employee of Summers Place Auctions in the auction house’s showrooms in West Sussex, UK. The 17m -long skeleton, unearthed in Wyoming, is expected to sell for £600,000 when it is auctioned on Wednesday.

Sothebys_impressionist and modern art evening sale- Nov 6th 2003...Sothebys Personal moving Picasso's painting "TÍte de Femme" with Andy Warhol's painting "The Accident" in the background

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Sotheby’s staff move Picasso’s painting ‘Tête de femme’ with Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)’ in the background. The Impressionist, modern and contemporary sales start on Monday. Works are expected to fetch a total of more than $1.5bn. Read more

A boy walks past military police standing guard outside the seafront Windsor Barra hotel before the start of an auction of one of the world's biggest offshore oil finds on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil is auctioning its Libra offshore oilfield which holds between 8-12 billion barrels of oil and protesters are demonstrating outside the hotel against the participation of foreign oil companies.

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A boy walks past military police standing guard outside the seafront Windsor Barra hotel before the start of an auction of one of the world’s biggest offshore oil finds on Monday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protesters are demonstrating outside the hotel against the participation of foreign oil companies in the sale of the country’s Libra offshore oilfield, which holds between 8bn and 12bn barrels of oil.

Dinosaur skeleton set for auction...Lindsay Hoadley of Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, tends to 17 metre long specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus which will be auctioned next month and according to experts will be the first sale in the UK of a large dinosaur skeleton and is exptected to fetch up to £600,000. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 16, 2013. See PA story SALE Dinosaur. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Lindsay Hoadley of Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, tends to a 17-metre long specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus, which will be auctioned next month and according to experts will be the first sale in the UK of a large dinosaur skeleton. It is expected to fetch up to £600,000. Read more

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.