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When you think of a millionaire who's really into her cats, singer and Machiavellian squadlord Taylor Swift comes to mind, of course, but T-swift needs to bow down to the original cat lady, Kate Birdsall Johnson. In pre-Instagram 1891, Mrs. Johnson commissioned this oil painting of 42 of her feline friends, which was auctioned off today for $826,000.00 at Sotheby's New York.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty...
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty...

The painting, called 'My Wife’s Lovers,' was created by artist Carl Kahler and titled by Mrs. Johnson’s husband. (Yes, she had a husband.) Kahler spent 3 years completing this impressive work of art, 2.5 years of which probably involved perfecting a technique to hypnotize and/or sedate cats into sitting still. How long do you think it took the "hang in there" poster guy?

Sources: Sotheby's