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Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman painted by co-star Una Stubbs

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This cartoon-style sketch by John Lennon was sold at Sotheby's in New York in June

John Lennon sketches and poems sell for almost $3m in New York

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Undated picture shows an ear made of human cells grown from samples provided from a distant relative from Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, in the center for art and media in Karlsruhe, Germany, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. US based artist Diemut Strebe said she wants to combine art and science with the installation.

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The ear was 3D-printed using DNA from the great-grandson of the Dutch artist's brother

The Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait, which scientists believe is gradually vanishing as the red-chalk image fades

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Scientists are close to deciding how to restore a fading chalk sketch believed to be the only existing self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, following a hi-tech study of the paper.

Dealers behind controversial 'buy a Banksy' exhibition announce plans for first 'street art' museum

The art dealers who tried to stage a controversial auction of Banksy’s murals have announced plans to establish a museum devoted to street art inside a disused London Underground station.

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Trial uses wearable computers to overlay information on paintings

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Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio has made an installation out of her favourite material – chocolate.

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The works span the painter's career from 1913 to 1984

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