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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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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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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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 Christie's employee poses next to 'Cygan', a giant robot at Christie's Auction House on August 5, 2013 in London, England. The robot makes up part of the 'Out of the Ordinary' sale at Christie's Auction House, and is expected to fetch between  8,000 - 12-000 GBP when it goes on sale on September 5, 2013.

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Giant robot, Cygan, is one of the lots at Christie’s “Out of the Ordinary” sale and is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12-000 when it goes under the hammer on September 5 2013, in London