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Exeter Clarence Hotel fire: Bob Dylan artwork destroyed

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Image caption Fifteen works of art by Bob Dylan were destroyed by the fire in Exeter

Works of art by Bob Dylan were destroyed in a fire which ravaged an 18th Century Exeter hotel, it has emerged.

An exhibition of pieces by the Nobel Prize winner was due to begin at the neighbouring Castle Fine Art Gallery.

The fire started in the building where the gallery is based, before spreading to surrounding buildings including the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Fifteen signed Dylan prints were lost, along with works from other artists.

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Image caption The fire started in the Castle Fine Art Gallery, where an exhibition of Bob Dylan's work was due to start

The fire - which started around 05:30 BST last Friday - burned for days, with up to 150 firefighters on the scene at its peak.

While no one was injured during the blaze, the Royal Clarence Hotel - described as England's oldest - was destroyed, with the shell eventually being completely demolished.

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