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Photos: Global tributes to Nelson Mandela

South African artist John Adams works on a giant painting of <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/africa/nelson-mandela---fast-facts'>Nelson Mandela</a> in a suburb of Johannesburg. Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon and Nobel peace laureate, endured 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first democratically elected president. Click through the gallery for other artistic tributes to "the world's most famous political prisoner."

South African artist John Adams works on a giant painting of Nelson Mandela in a suburb of Johannesburg. Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon and Nobel peace laureate, endured 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first democratically elected president. Click through the gallery for other artistic tributes to "the world's most famous political prisoner."