Picasso's rare painting estimated to be worth 3 million pounds

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London, Mar 31 : A rare Picasso painting along with two others, believed to be worth 3 million pounds would go under the hammer at Duke's of Dorchester next month.

Etreinte, the rare painting of Pablo Picasso with his lover was discovered lying in a corner of the house in the West Country, along with two other paintings by British artists George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings.

Though the owner's identity is kept under wraps it is believed to be a member of an international royal family.

According to Guy Schwinge, an auctioneer with Duke's of Dorchester, Dorset, which is holding the sale on April 10, the work was spine tingling.

"It would have been easy to miss them if you were hurrying, but when I saw a glimpse of them I knew I was on to something," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.

"What was incredible was that they were just stacked there against the wall like unconsidered trifles," he added.

The candidates for the auction include Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, also known as the Aga Khan, the royal family of Liechtenstein and any of several Middle Eastern princes, Duchess of Cornwall's younger sister Annabel Elliot and pop star Madonna.

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