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Forensic analysis has become a useful tool for auction houses ferreting out art forgeries. In the case of an almost 400-year-old portrait by the Dutch master Rembrandt, two fingerprints found on the bottom edge of the painting may help it earn its $8 million-$10.55 million estimated sale price at a Sotheby's auction next month.

Lost portrait of Charles Dickens found in South Africa The prints, thought to be impressions of the painter's thumb, were found hidden underneath "overpaint and darkened varnish layers" on the 10-inch artwork, called "Study of the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer," Sotheby's wrote in a statement.

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