Priceless Pussies Put To Auction

As works by artists from Balthus to Théophile Steinlen reveal, the cat has long been a popular subject for depiction. One Marianne C. Gourary, a German immigrant who lived in Manhattan for most of her life, was an avid collector of cat art, amassing hundreds of artworks — including some by the aforementioned artists. She and her husband Paul were both Fellows of the Morgan Library and frequently participated in programs at the Metropolitan Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Grolier Club. She died last year at the age of 93, and her feline-focused treasury went to auction this week at Bloomsbury Auctions in London. Many are Halloween-costume inspirational.

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