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The most important people who ever lived

A new ranking system puts Napoleon above Shakespeare and Darwin, and finds some very overrated artists

Underrated
Fairly recognized
Overrated

By plotting "significance" (according to a formula based on Wikipedia use) against sale price, the authors offer some provocative suggestions about which artists' works cost more than their reputation seems to merit.

→ Significance
↑ Price of most expensive work
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SOURCE: Data analysis by Steven Skiena and Charles Ward

Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff

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