What a cat-astrophe.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor, an art expert who appeared in five seasons of Fake or Fortune on BBC, isn’t too pleased with his cat, Padme, after she ripped a hole in a 17th-century painting that he bought for A$8,940.
As the story goes, Grosvenor had just finished some restoration work on a rare piece by portrait artist John Michael Wright. He was about to send it to London for relining when his cat decided to lend a hand – or paw.
“And as I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch,” he told The Telegraph. “Disaster.”
Although not entirely irreparable, Grosvenor said that the repairs will cost as much as he paid for it. He added that the piece will never return to its pristine condition.
“Wright is one of my favourite artists, and I bought this example because it was in excellent condition, with all the original glazes and details wonderfully intact.
“Now, it’s obviously in less good condition – but at least the cat landed on his clothing, and not his face.”
Padme, unsurprisingly, has given zero f*cks about the incident. Grosvenor said: “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing.”