The horror.

  • In 2015, Bendor Grosvenor, an art expert, bought a rare painting for $6,674 (R90,000), he told The Telegraph.
  • Grosvenor told newspaper his cat recently destroyed the painting by 17th-century portrait artist John Michael Wright when the animal created two small tears in the canvas.
  • Repairs on the piece art cost almost as much as the artwork itself, Grosvenor said.
  • The painting will never be the same.

In 2015, Bendor Grosvenor, an art expert, bought a rare painting for $6,714, he told The Telegraph. The piece was a 17th-century portrait from artist John Michael Wright.

"Wright is one of my favorite artists, and I bought this example because it was in excellent condition, with all the original glazes and details wonderfully intact," he told the newspaper.

The painting.

Up until recently, Grosvenor had been busy repairing the painting due to small tears caused by the canvas expanding and shrinking from the summer heat and winter cold. But when he thought he had finished his repairs, which cost the same as the repairs, things took a rather unexpected turn, he told the outlet.

"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 said. "Disaster."

His cat, Padme, left two scratches on the painting, damaging the canvas.

Padme the cat.

"Now, it's obviously in less good condition - but at least the cat landed on his clothing, and not his face," Grosvenor told The Telegraph.

Grovesnor said that after this, the painting will not go back to the way it was before.

And while the art expert is sad to see his piece tarnished, he speculated that Padme feels no remorse for what happened, telling The Telegraph that the cat is "not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing."

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