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Van Gogh's severed ear lives again in Germany

Published On: Jun 04 2014 10:23:57 AM CDT
Van Gogh severed ear

Diemut Strebe: Sugababe

A living replica of Vincent van Gogh's severed ear has been grown and put on display at a museum in Germany.

Artist Diemut Stebe used 3D printing and DNA samples from a family member to create the ear with the help of scientists.

It's now being kept "alive" in a tank of fluid and could "theoretically last for years," Stebe told The Associated Press.

The organ is on display at The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe through July 6.

Stebe used DNA from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great grandson of Vincent's brother, Theo, to create the ear after failing to to acquire genetic material from the deceased virtuoso.

Lieuwe shares a Y chromosome and 1/16th of the same genes as the famous painter, according to the International Business Times.

Van Gogh cut off his ear in 1888 and reportedly gave it to a prostitute, who was his lover.