An 1891 painting by Australian artist Carl Kahler titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’ has been sold at Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art sale for USD$826,000, well above the estimated price of $300,000.
The artwork stands at 1.8m tall by 2.6m wide and features 42 beautiful felines. The painting was commissioned by the ultimate cat lady; San Francisco millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson who had a total of 350 cats on her 3,000-acre farm. Kate had an entire staff just to look after her beloved felines. She even dedicated $500,000 in her will for their ongoing comfort and care.
The painting was estimated to have taken 3 years to complete with the title given by Kate’s witty husband.