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BILLINGSHURST, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  An auction house employee attaches the leg to the skeleton of a Eohippus, during the press preview of a forthcoming sale at Summers Place Auction House on May 11, 2016 in Billingshurst, England. The piece is expected to fetch between £5,000 - £8,000 GBP when it goes up for sale. Summers Place Auction house will sell the museum collection of the Emmen Zoo, an internationally acclaimed zoo in northern Holland, at their sale on June 7th, 2016 in Billinghurst, Surrey.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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An auction house employee attaches the leg to the skeleton of an Eohippus, during the press preview of a forthcoming sale at Summers Place Auction House in Billingshurst, England

A Christie's employee holds 'The Mendes-France Baule Mask' from Ivory Coast at Christies's auction rooms in London, Monday, April 11, 2016. The mask is estimated to realise 500,000-800,000 US dollars (355,537-568,858 UK pounds) when it is auctioned in New York in the Post War and Contemporary Afternoon sale on May 11. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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A Christie’s employee holds ‘The Mendes-France Baule Mask’ from Ivory Coast at Christies’s auction rooms in London. It will be auctioned in New York at the ‘Evolution of Form: African & Oceanic Art at the Genesis of Modernism’ on May 12 

Queen Anne's Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler...A member of Christie's staff holding Pablo Picasso's Visage aux grands jeux (A.R. 444), with an estimate of £1,200, during the pre-sale exhibition of Queen Anneís Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler, at the auction house in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 17, 2016. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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A member of Christie’s staff holds Pablo Picasso’s Visage Aux Grands Jeux during the pre-sale exhibition of Queen Anne’s Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting & Trudie Styler, at Christies auction house in central London 

onham's Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale...A woman walks past Untitled (Red Fan) by Kazuo Shiraga, estimated at between £1,500,000 and £2,000,000, during the press preview of Bonham's forthcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale which will be held on February 11 in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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A woman looks at Untitled (Red Fan) by Kazuo Shiraga, estimated to sell between £1,500,000 and £2,000,000 at Bonham’s forthcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale which will be held on February 11 in London 

Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'La Lecon de piano' by Henri Matisse during a media preview of Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby's in London...Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'La Lecon de piano' by Henri Matisse during a media preview of Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby's in London, Britain January 28, 2016. The picture is estimated to sell for between 12 -18 million British pounds when it is auctioned on February 3 in London.REUTERS/Stefan WermuthEDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

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Gallery assistants pose with the painting ‘La Lecon de piano’ by Henri Matisse during a media preview of Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s in London

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Sotheby’s staff carry the painting ‘The Lock’ by John Constable. It is estimated to sell between £8-12 million at Sotheby’s London, Old Masters & British Paintings Evening sale on December 9 

A man stands among camels during an auction at Birqash Camel Market just outside of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 ahead of next week's Eid al-Adha holiday. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day festival Eid al-Adha, by sacrificing sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command

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A man stands among camels during an auction at Birqash Camel Market just outside of Cairo, Egypt on Friday ahead of next week’s Eid al-Adha holiday. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day festival Eid al-Adha, by sacrificing sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command

A member of staff holds 'Tete au masque' a ceramic plate by Pablo Picasso, estimated between  6000-8000), in front of Claude Monet's 1914-1917 piece 'Iris mauves', estimated at between  6-9 million, at Christie's King Street auction house on Friday in London, England

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A member of staff holds ‘Tete au masque’ a ceramic plate by Pablo Picasso, estimated between 6000-8000), in front of Claude Monet’s 1914-1917 piece ‘Iris mauves’, estimated at between 6-9 million, at Christie’s King Street auction house on Friday in London, England

Two gallery assistants pose with '$, 2001' an installation by Tim Noble and Sue Webster which is going on show at Sotheby's with an estimated value of  100,000- 150,000 on June 8, 2015 in London, England. The installation forms part of an exhibition of 21 works inspired by the US Dollar which are estimated to have a total value of  50 million and will go under offer by the auction house on 1st and 2nd July 2015

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Two gallery assistants pose with ‘$, 2001′ an installation by Tim Noble and Sue Webster which is going on show at Sotheby’s with an estimated value of £100,000- £150,000 on Monday in London, England

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 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

Sotheby's Head of Auction Sales London (Jewellery) Jess Wyndham with a 100 carat perfect emerald-cut diamond that will be auctioned in New York on 21st Apr 2015.

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Sotheby’s head of auction sales London (jewellery) Jess Wyndham with a 100 carat perfect emerald-cut diamond that will be auctioned in New York on Apr 21

General view of the Bonhams car and moto...General view of the Bonhams car and moto auction on Fabruary 4, 2015 in Grand Palais in Paris. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic & vintage motor cars, motorcycles and car memorabilia.

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The Bonhams car and moto auction on Wednesday in Grand Palais in Paris. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motor cars, motorcycles and car memorabilia

An auction house worker wears a hand-painted 'Uncle Sam' top hat owed and worn by Grateful Dead rock group's Jerry Garcia,  as she poses for the photographers, in London, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.The bi-annual 20/21 Pop Culture sale scheduled for Dec. 16, 2014, will present music and film aficionados with memorabilia associated with legends of rock, pop and Hollywood, according to Christie's auction house.

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An auction house worker wears a hand-painted ‘Uncle Sam’ top hat owned and worn by Grateful Dead rock group member Jerry Garcia in London on Friday.The bi-annual 20/21 Pop Culture sale will present music and film aficionados with memorabilia associated with legends of rock, pop and Hollywood

 A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on November 26, 2014 in Billingshurst, England. The ice age mammoth skeleton, complete with tusks, fetched  189,000 to a telephone bidder. The woolly mammoth died out about 10,000 years ago. Errol Fuller, the curator of the sale, said: 'This is a virtually complete Mammoth skeleton with beautiful tusks, which makes it particularly rare. Its impressive size of 3.5 metres  (11'6) height and 5.5 metres (18') long, suggests it may be a male Mammoth and may have weighed up to six tonnes in its lifetime'.

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A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on Wednesday in Billingshurst, England. The ice age mammoth skeleton, complete with tusks, fetched £189,000 to a telephone bidder

An employee of the Christie's auction house poses for photographs beside the Allen Jones sculpture "Enchanteresse", painted bronze and leather on a steel base at their premises in London, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.  The piece is estimated to fetch 60,000 to 80,000 pounds ($93,870 to $125,160, / 75,122 to 100,163 euro), when it features in a Modern British and Irish Art evening sale in London on November 19.

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An employee of the Christie’s auction house looks at the Allen Jones sculpture “Enchanteresse”, painted bronze and leather on a steel base at their premises in London on Monday

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. 

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 

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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