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DoneSat, Nov 12, 2016 4:00 PM GMT

The Patrick J. Eddington Cat Project Auction

Patrick Eddington (known as "Pat the Cat") was a Utah-based artist, teacher, and cat-lover. He carried on extensive correspondence throughout his life with a staggering number of writers and visual artists. Eddington's charming and persuasive letters convinced many to contribute to the Cat Project, an ambitious undertaking which Eddington described as follows in a letter dated 2004: "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. I have over 240 works so far including work by: Gunter Grass, William Wegman, Kiki Smith, Sandy Skoglund, Peter Milton, Robert Crumb, Keith Carter, Joel Peter Witkin, Jerome Witkin, Alison Saar, William Wiley, Ralph Steadman, Peter Beard, Gladys Nilsson, Jos Bedia, Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, Clive Barker, Mark Ryden, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Robert Williams, Al Hirschfeld, Leo and Diane Dillon, Lynda Barry, Roddy Doyle, Francisco Toledo, Flor Garduno, etc." Eddington's vision was sadly never realized, but his tenacity and appeal resulted in the creation of a wealth of fascinating letters and original art from creative luminaries around the world. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.