Their partnership had been one of intellectual exchange and intense passion—Dora was an artist, spoke Picasso’s native Spanish, and shared his political concerns.
She even assisted with the execution of the monumental Guernica and produced the only photo-documentary of the work in progress.
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It came up for sale in an auction of Impressionist/Modern works held at Sotheby's on May 3, 2006 in New York and making it the second-highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.
In the 1940s, the painting was obtained by Chicago collectors Leigh and Mary Block.
They sold the painting in 1963 After that, the painting was never shown until the 21st century.
An anonymous Russian  The identity of the bidder, who spent more than US0 million in total, and purchased an 1883 Monet seascape and a 1978 Chagall in addition to the Picasso, was a topic of much speculation.
Apparently a novice bidder, though possibly acting as an agent for a more well-known collector, the anonymous buyer may have been unknown at the start of the auction even to Sotheby's officials.