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A Massive Collection of Cat Art Sold At Auction

Deborah Mae Broad (US, Minnesota, 20th c.). "Hide 1". Estimated value: $40-$60

Deborah Mae Broad (US, Minnesota, 20th c.).
“Hide 1”. Estimated value: $40-$60

More than a ten years ago, Utah high school art teacher Patrick Eddington embarked on an ambitious project in which he asked famous artists and writers to create original artworks of cats. He planned to exhibit all the paintings and drawings he collected, and to eventually publish them in a book.

Eddington, known by friends as “Pat the Cat,” amassed an impressive collection of cat art. He wrote in a 2004 letter:

“This project is a labor of love. It will culminate as a large book and traveling exhibition. It will also help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I’ve asked individuals I admire to create cat-related works. They are not the typical cat images but creative works.”

Sadly, though, Pat the Cat never completed his project. Now, months after his death, the collection of art was auctioned off at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, just as he’d wished. The 245-lot auction included artwork of various media and styles. Most are original, one-of-a-kind creative works, including several ceramic, cat-faced jugs that Eddington made himself.

With so many different artists, styles, and media, there was something for everyone in this collection:

August Walla (Germany, 1936-2001) “Katze" - estimated value - $600-$800

August Walla (Germany, 1936-2001) “Katze.” Estimated value: $600-$800

 

Haruki Murakami (Japan, b. 1949). "A Cat" 2002. Ink drawing and ink stamp on poster board. Estimated value: $80-$120

Haruki Murakami (Japan, b. 1949).
“A Cat” 2002. Ink drawing and ink stamp on poster board. Estimated value: $80-$120

 

Untitled pastel cat on a brown paper bag. Initialed G. 1984. Estimated value: $20-$30

Untitled pastel cat on a brown paper bag. Initialed G. 1984. Estimated value: $20-$30

 

Harry G. Taylor (United States/Utah, b. 1918). "Mouser". 1992. Color woodcut. Estimated value: $200-$400

Harry G. Taylor (United States/Utah, b. 1918).
“Mouser”. 1992. Color woodcut. Estimated value: $200-$400

 

Maggie Taylor (US/Ohio, b. 1961). "Distracted Cat." 2003. Estimated value: $400-$600

Maggie Taylor (US/Ohio, b. 1961). “Distracted Cat.” 2003. Estimated value: $400-$600

 

Miguel Rodriguez Carved Wooden Cat Sculpture. Angel Cat.1999. Estimated value: $100-$200

Miguel Rodriguez Carved Wooden Cat Sculpture.
Angel Cat.1999. Estimated value: $100-$200

 

Patrick Eddington Earthenware Cat Jug. Estimated value: $100-$200

Patrick Eddington Earthenware Cat Jug. Estimated value: $100-$200

See the rest of Pat the Cat’s massive collection at Quinn’s Auction Galleries.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Webb-Morris

    Nov 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Some nice pictures, all very different.

    • Ebony

      Dec 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

      There is a critical shortage of intfvmaoire articles like this.

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