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London charity auctioning edible versions of famous artworks

Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new flavor of art is going on the auction block in London, and bidders are eating it up.

The London charity The Art Fund is testing a new strategy for raising money--creating edible recreations of masterpieces and auctioning them off.

For example, a cake re-creation of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup cans sold for just over $100.

The money will help The Art Fund acquire real works of art for museums.

"You don't have to know anything about art to appreciate the visual spectacle of these cakes," said Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar.

You can check out more of the art-inspired treats on Facebook and Twitter, under the hashtag #EdibleMasterpieces.
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