As of mid-2007, the ownership of the Dora Maar au Chat is still unknown to the general public, although rumors have focused on the Georgian mining magnate and former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina (Boris) Ivanishvili, who sold his Moscow bank a week before the auction for $550 m.
Dora Maar au Chat presents the artist's most mysterious and challenging mistress regally posed three-quarter length in a large wooden chair with a small black cat perched behind her in both an amusing and menacing attitude.
Picasso fell in love at the age of 55 with the 29-year-old Maar and the couple soon began living together.
This painting was made during the year 1941, when the Nazis were occupying France.
The work is one of the world's most expensive paintings.