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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes
Basil Rathbone in "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes" © TopFoto.co.uk

The most famous detective in the world has been portrayed countless times on screen and stage, as well as in the pages of the original stories written about him by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

With his deerstalker hat, elaborate pipe and eccentric hobbies, Holmes made his first appearance in a short story of 1887 called "A Study In Scarlet". So popular was he, though, that he survived the death scene in Switzerland that Doyle wrote for him in the 1890s, and was reborn to continue clearing up mysteries until way beyond the author's own death in 1930.

Holmes's offices at 221b Baker Street in the heart of London remain a place of pilgrimage for Holmes fans from all over the world.

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