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The Van Gogh painting owned by the millionaire who inspired Ian Fleming's villainous James Bond character Goldfinger is set to go on sale at the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Holland, this month. "Moulin de la Galette" will be exhibited by Dickinson of London and New York. Van Gogh painted "Moulin de la Galette" in April 1887 at the height of this process of conversion. "This is a painting that has everything," says James Roundell of Dickinson.
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The Viking exhibition opening on Thursday at the British Museum has axes, swords, helmets, dragon figureheads and, as its centerpiece, a 37-metre-long (121-feet) Viking warship that is the longest ever excavated. "They didn't wear horns on their helmets," said project curator Thomas Williams, 33, explaining one of the messages the museum hopes visitors, especially schoolchildren, will take home from its first Viking exhibition in 30 years. This is partly what has irked the British press, some of whose reviewers have found the exhibition, given the Vikings' well-earned reputation for rape and pillage, to be a little colorless and bloodless.
The Vikings are renowned as bloodthirsty warriors, but a new exhibition at the British Museum aims to show the cultural achievements and trading skills that spread their influence far and wide. "They are the filthiest of God's creatures," wrote Arab diplomat Ahmad ibn Fadlan in 921. But at the British Museum in London, some of the finery on show includes a splendid -- if well-used -- iron sword, alongside jewellery, amulets, religious images and exquisite objects. The exhibition -- the museum's first on the Vikings in more than 30 years, costing Â£16.50 ($27.50, 20 euros) to enter -- shows how the Nordic warriors created an international network of trade, plunder and power spreading across four continents.