Foujita's Book of Cats sells for $54,000

Tsuguharu Foujita and Michael Joseph's Book of Cats (1930) has realised £35,000 ($53,679).

Foujita DNFA cats
Foujita was a Japanese printmaker

The lot led an October 29 auction of Marianne C Gourary's extensive collection of cat inspired-art at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London.

The book is a collection of poetry by Michael Joseph, alongside prints of cats in various poses by Foujita.

Foujita was a Japanese born printmaker who moved to Paris in 1913 and swiftly became a central figure in the bohemian enclave of Montmartre.

He was friends with some of the biggest names of the era, including Picasso and Matisse. A highly eccentric figure, he apparently used to go out wearing a lampshade on his head.

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