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3.30.2008

Picasso self-portrait found stacked against a bedroom wall with a Stubbs and a Munnings

By LUKE SALKELD

As artworks by Picasso go, it might be considered a steal.

The chance to own one of the great painter's works has come up - with a guide price of just £100,000.

The seven and a half inch by four and three quarter inch watercolour shows the artist naked in bed with one of his many girlfriends.

Etreinte: The watercolour depicts Picasso and his lover in bed

It is being sold by an anonymous private collector, to the delight of the auctioneer who was called to value the painting along with works by two other well known artists.

It is considered rare in the art world for works by artists of such repute to be sold by regional auction house instead of the famous companies of London and New York.

But Duke's auction house in Dorchester, Dorset, is to sell the small watercolour by Picasso entitled "Etreinte" as well as equine paintings by the British artists George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings.

The sexually-charged Picasso piece depicts the artist and his lover in bed and was probably painted in 1901 or 1902 when the artist was in his early 20s.

Read the rest on the DailyMail.