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Sketch Damien Hirst knocked out in 30 seconds to give chauffeur sells for £4,500 at auction. Took controversial artist just 30 seconds to knock up in the back of a carOnly estimated to sell for between £250 and £300 at auction By Phil Vinter Published: 13:19 GMT, 27 March 2012 | Updated: 19:44 GMT, 28 March 2012 This could be the most generous tip a passenger has ever given to a driver.

Sketch Damien Hirst knocked out in 30 seconds to give chauffeur sells for £4,500 at auction

While it might look like something a five-year-old could do, this Damien Hirst original of a shark has just been snapped up at auction for a whopping £4,500. The child-like scribble was dashed out in a hurry in an autograph book by the contemporary artist and given to his chauffeur as a thank you for a smooth journey. Art historians discover new Van Gogh after testing piece previously attributed to unknown artist (and there's a hidden painting underneath)

By Eleanor Harding Published: 15:58 GMT, 20 March 2012 | Updated: 15:17 GMT, 21 March 2012 Detective work by art historians has led to them discovering a new Van Gogh painting.

Art historians discover new Van Gogh after testing piece previously attributed to unknown artist (and there's a hidden painting underneath)

Experts made the find after X-raying a piece that had been attributed to an unknown artist. The scan of the canvas, ‘Still life with meadow flowers and roses’, pictured below, uncovered an image of two wrestlers painted underneath. Claude and Turner: Light show that fails to illuminate - Features - Art. The other reason is to examine that relationship.

Claude and Turner: Light show that fails to illuminate - Features - Art

That is no surprise. On first seeing a Claude masterpiece, in 1799, the young British watercolourist is supposed to have burst into tears, exclaiming that these were works "beyond the power of imitation. " The story is probably apocryphal. But it expresses an undeniable truth: that Turner was above all obsessed with light and it was seeing the works of Claude that freed him to pursue his constant attempts to delineate it.

Look at the two great "Altieri Claudes" brought to England to great acclamation by the extravagant figure of William Beckford – Landscape with the Father of Psyche sacrificing at the Temple of Apollo and Landscape with the Arrival of Aeneas before the City of Pallenteum – and you are immediately reminded of dozens of Turner oils. But look more carefully and you see a different sensibility in the young man's homage to his idol. Comparison is at the heart of this show but also its weakness. Austerity Britain? Not for Sotheby's... as auction house sells £1BILLION of art in a year (including a £25m Picasso)

Biggest sale was Francesco Guardi's View Of The Rialto Bridge, for £26.7mEgon Schiele's Houses With Laundry fetched £24.6m By Nick Enoch Published: 10:51 GMT, 19 March 2012 | Updated: 11:09 GMT, 19 March 2012 If you've got an old painting gathering dust in the attic, now is the time to get it down to an auction house.

Austerity Britain? Not for Sotheby's... as auction house sells £1BILLION of art in a year (including a £25m Picasso)

While Austerity Britain languishes in the doldrums, with rising inflation and low wage increases, the art market is one sector that is booming. And figures released by Sotheby's in London show that the auction house sold almost £1billion of fine art in 2011, according to Companies House - one of the best financial results in its 268-year history. Big sellers at Sotheby's in London last year included Pablo Picasso's La Lecture, which went for £25.2million Francesco Guardi's Venice, A View Of The Rialto Bridge, Looking North, From The Fondamenta Del Carbon, sold for £26.7million.

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Pencil Art. Photography. To be sorted. Amazing Art With Odd Mediums. Body Art. Diddle dumpling: Tutorial: Vintage-looking painted sign from salvaged wood. Today I have a little tutorial for you.

diddle dumpling: Tutorial: Vintage-looking painted sign from salvaged wood

I'm going to show you how to (easily!) Make these sweet wooden signs. I promise- they're a cinch, they don't take long at all to make and cost pretty much nothing. You will need: piece of salvaged wood upholstery tacks or short nails (optional) hammer acrylic paint (background color) black acrylic paint (or other color to fill in letters) large paint brush small paint brushink jet printer twine Sharpie Marker or other dull, rounded tool This project started with a pile of cedar fence pieces that we've had sitting in our backyard for ages. I loved how grey and weathered they had become from sitting outside. Next, distress the wood to your liking. Next, choose your paint. (I wasn't really sure if I was going to be doing a tutorial for this or not until I was finished, so I'm afraid I'm missing a few photos for some of the steps. Once you're happy with the paint, put the wood aside to dry and head to your computer. P.S.

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Dot Painting. Celebrities in the Renaissance. Have you ever thought of creating your own responsive website?

Celebrities in the Renaissance

It could be your own personal webpage or your blog or even a site for your business? Paper / Card Art. >>Terry Rogers « Passion 4 Art. Sculpture. Street Art. Optical Illusions. Extreme Murals & Painted Buildings. "QUANTUM SHOT" #687Link - article by Avi Abrams Bleak Walls Transformed by Creativity Urban landscape can be drab and featureless - but not when artists are spicing it up with spectacular wall paintings, as shown in this article.

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Some murals can be considered realistic illusions, some have educational and historical meaning, some can be labeled as "kitsch", but all of them are welcome splashes of color and creativity in the city's day-to-day life. (Restoration of the Fine Arts Museum of Brussels, photo by Maxime)

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Hyper Reality Paintings. Art Inspiration. Photography. Artists. Baroque! -From St Peter's to St Paul's Pt 1. Historyofart. Art. Art Museums.