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The history of Yakuza tattoos

Published on September 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Tattoo5 has posted a detailed history of Yakuza tattoos, including an interesting timeline. Later in the 8th century, the oldest book of classical Japanese history – the Nohon Shoki, relates the story of the Emperor punishing ... Read More


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1908 Adolf Hitler painting up for auction

Published on September 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A painting by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from 1908 is expected to fetch more than $16,000 when it hits the auction block next month. The five by three inch painting bears the hated Fuhrer’s instantly-recognisable signature ... Read More


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Lost Renaissance masterpiece discovered after 60 years

Published on September 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A once-lost Renaissance painting by Ludovico Mazzolino has been found after being left forgotten in a packing case for nearly 60 years. Experts from the National Gallery in London identified the painting as the work of ... Read More


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Lawrence of Arabia letters discovered

Published on September 18th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A collection of letters from Lawrence of Arabia has been discovered after they were thought to have been burned on a fire. The letters came from the collection of the late Sir Michael Newton, but were ... Read More


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Gothic passageway and murals found in medieval monastery

Published on September 18th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Restoration work at the Carmelite monastery in Hungary has turned up a Gothic passageway, a window, as well as some mural paintings in a 17th century dining hall. The section that links the monastery and a ... Read More


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