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(NEWSER) – There are cat enthusiasts and crazy cat ladies, and San Francisco art collector Kate Birdsall Johnson definitely liked her cats.

The millionaire is said to have had some 350 felines at her 3,000-acre summer residence/cat ranch in Buena Vista, Calif., and invited artist Carl Kahler to do a portrait of them in the 1890s. Sotheby's originally estimated that the 227-pound, 6-by-8.5-foot painting, called "My Wife's Lovers," would fetch between $200,000 and $300,000, but a mystery buyer purchased what may now also have the distinction of being the priciest cat painting in the world for $826,000 on Tuesday.

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