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Top iconic images of the world

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Coca-Cola bottle and Christ are history's top iconic images, according to an Oxford professor.

Martin Kemp has collated a selection of 11 images for his book Christ To Coke - How Image Becomes Icon.

A print of Che Guevara, the US flag and Nick Ut's photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam were also included on the list.

He said he wanted to explore why iconic images have "achieved their status".

He added: "The 11 images here are as secure and universal in their iconic status as any cultural products can ever claim to be."

David Sillito reports.

  • 07 Oct 2011