Someone just spent a fortune on this huge painting of cats

Someone just spent a huge sum of money on this gigantic painting of a ton of cats.

Sotheby’s in New York announced the painting, My Wife’s Lovers by Austrian artist Carl Kahler, sold on Monday morning for $826,000!  It is believed to be the world’s largest painting of cats and the 75-inch-by-102-inch canvas includes 42 felines in all – so less than $20,000 per cat (or is it purr cat?), such a deal!

Here is how the painting, by artist Carl Kahler, came to be, via UPI:

Polly Sartori, head of 19th century European paintings for Sotheby’s in New York, said Kahler had traveled to the West Coast of the United States in 1881 and he encountered art collector Kate Johnson in San Francisco.

“He was invited to her cat ranch. Now, Mrs. Johnson actually was very wealthy. She was a millionaire and she had this giant mansion. Some newspapers report that she had 350 [cats]. So Carl Kahler meets Mrs. Johnson at the ranch, at the mansion, and she asks him if he would paint a portrait of her cats,” Sartori told CBC News. “So, for three years he spends time with the cats in the mansion doing sketches. And then in and around 1893, he does their portrait. He takes all of the sketches and he puts together this monumental-sized giant painting of 42 of her cats.”

He drew portraits of her cats for THREE YEARS!  And you thought your job was weird sometimes.