A man from Dorset looks so much like Vincent Van Gogh he won a competition

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A man from Dorset looks so much like Vincent Van Gogh he won a competition

He still has his ear though (Picture: SWNS)

If Vincent Van Gogh lived in Dorset and wore pin-striped shirts, he would look like this.

Dan Baker, 35, has won the official title of world’s best Vincent Van Gogh lookalike, beating 1,250 entrants to the prize.

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His face will now be used as a model to create a bronze bust of the famous Impressionist.

Aside from Sunflowers and that thing with his ear, Van Gogh was perhaps most famous for his self portraits.

It was his ‘gaunt, worn’ face and receding hairline that won him the accolade, Dan says, as well as his red beard and high cheekbones.

He entered the competition ‘on a whim’ after hearing Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland make a worldwide appeal to find the 2016 Van Gogh.

Picture: SWNS

After sending a few photos and conducting a Skype interview, Dan was named the ‘most accurate’ lookalike of them all.

As well as becoming a muse for Coupland, Dan will get prize money of £4,180.

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Dan, an actor who goes by the stage name Leo Rand, said: ‘My mates very often said it and my family also – it’s always been in the air that I look like Vincent Van Gogh.

‘I thought I had a good chance but I didn’t expect to win.

‘It is absolutely brilliant. I’m completely ecstatic. I’m overwhelmed and it is slightly surreal and absolutely brilliant – I feel flattered.’

He added: ‘I think there is a similarity – the cheekbones, the gauntness and the slight receding of the hair line, a number of features.

‘So maybe there were certain details that were just in league with Vincent.’

But he added: ‘I like my ear so I’m going to keep that for a little bit longer.’

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Dan learned that he’d won the I am Vincent competition when he was flown out to Vancouver by Coupland in September, but the result has just been made public.

He’s already undergone a 3D photogrammetry scanning process using hundreds of cameras to generate data on his face.

It will be used to help Coupland create the bust, which will be put on display at a Canadian vineyard in April.

Coupland said: ‘Meeting Dan was a very strange experience because I’d spent months looking at Vincent lookalikes on a computer screen and then suddenly there was this man – my Vincent van Gogh – hopping out of a taxi looking like he’d just stepped out of the year 1889.’