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NPG D48052 in 360°

As an instantly recognisable cultural icon, Shakespeare continues to appear on consumer products, souvenirs and advertising. Shakespeare rubber ducks are sold at Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and is testament to the playwright's continuing global appeal and relevance.

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William Shakespeare ('Shakespeare Duck')
by Unknown artist
moulded plastic, 2018
NPG D48052
Photographs © National Portrait Gallery, London

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