The World's Largest Cat Painting Hits the Auction Block

The World's Largest Cat Painting Hits the Auction Block

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Tara Bellucci
Oct 29, 2015
(Image credit: Carl Kahler, Sotheby's)

It's National Cat Day, and there's some big feline news in the art world. Sotheby's is auctioning off Austrian artist Carl Kahler's My Wife's Lovers, an oil painting that's believed to be the largest work of cats in existence.

Kahler was commissioned by San Francisco millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson to paint the work, which resulted in 42 (of her reported thousands) life-size angora cats being immortalized on canvas. The work survived the devastating 1906 earthquake unscathed.

The oil painting, which dates back to the late 1800s and measures a massive 70 by 101 3/4 inches, is expected to fetch upwards of $300,000 on Monday.

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