What does it take to earn the title of “World’s Greatest Cat Painting?” To answer this (nearly) million-dollar-question, let’s examine Carl Kahler’s 1891 painting My Wife’s Lovers. The painting features 42 cats, is six feet tall, eight-and-a-half feet wide, and weighs more than 220 pounds! Not to mention, it recently sold for $826,000 at Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art Sale. The painting — which was estimated to fetch up to $300,000 — was commissioned by art collector and cat enthusiast Kate Birdsall Johnson, who reportedly owned up to 350 cats at one time (the 42 cats featured in the painting are hers as well). Learn more about this feline masterpiece in this article from ArtNet News, and get a closer look in the following clip from Sotheby’s.
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