Picasso painting heads for NYC auction

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This undated image released by Pinacoteca do Estado museum, shows the painting "Mulheres na janela" by Emiliano Di Cavalcanti. Heavily armed robbers stole two engravings by Pablo Picasso and two oil paintings by well-known Brazilian artists Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and Lasar Segall from the Pinacoteca do Estado museum in downtown Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 12, 2008, a museum official said. (AP Photo/Pinacoteca do Estado) ** NO SALES **

NEW YORK (AP) -- Picasso's "Harlequin" is going on the auction block. The 1909 work was owned for about 60 years by surrealist painter Enrico Donati.

The cubist painting will be offered at Sotheby's on Nov. 3. It is expected to bring more than $30 million.

Donati, who died in April at age 99, bought the painting in the early 1940s for $12,000. Painted in hues of green rose, jade and amber, the harlequin was a frequent motif in Picasso's work and often considered his alter ego.

The Italian-born Donati was part of a circle of surrealist painters that included Max Ernst and Salvador Dali.

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