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Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud, 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud, 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan...more

Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud, 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan...more

Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds,  'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton and 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds, 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton and 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan...more

Gallery assistants pose with the paintings (L-R) 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds, 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton and 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan...more

Gallery assistants pose with the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Photographers take pictures of the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Photographers take pictures of the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan...more

Photographers take pictures of the painting 'Ib and Her Husband' by Lucian Freud during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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The paintings 'Ib and Her Husband' (L) by Lucian Freud and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton are seen during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The paintings 'Ib and Her Husband' (L) by Lucian Freud and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton are seen during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April...more

The paintings 'Ib and Her Husband' (L) by Lucian Freud and 'Golden Hours' by Frederic Leighton are seen during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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A gallery assistant poses with the painting 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A gallery assistant poses with the painting 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain...more

A gallery assistant poses with the painting 'Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge' by Joshua Reynolds during a media preview of a Curated Evening Sale and Loan Exhibition Spanning 4 Centuries of British Art at Christie's in London, Britain April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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