Dmitri Vrubel's painting of the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany's Erich Honecker kissing — under a Russian phrase that reads, "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" — is a popular part of the East Side Gallery. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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The Picasso work Women of Algiers (Version O) was sold for a record-breaking $179,365,000 Monday by Christie's auction house, making it the most expensive painting ever sold. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

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Wong's style focused more on evoking emotion than capturing a photographic reproduction of nature. Tyrus Wong/Courtesy of the Tyrus Wong Family hide caption

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After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

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