A painting by the American Gothic artist John Keats was auctioned off at Christie’s on Saturday, marking the sale of the artist’s only American painting.
The painting, “A Visit to London,” is an 1878 painting by John Keat that depicts the life of London’s King George VI.
The work is one of Keats most widely-known works, and is often cited as the beginning of American Gothic art.
The auction, to be held Sunday night at the National Gallery of Art, was one of the first auctions of its kind in the country, according to the New York Times.
Christie’s, in a statement to CNN, described the painting as one of “the most influential works in the English language.”
“John Keats is one the most enduring artists of the 20th century, and this painting is a powerful reminder of the importance of art to our culture and the way that his work has impacted our understanding of the past and our future,” Christie’s director of American cultural programs, Robert Siegel, said in the statement.
“John is a global icon, whose works have been recognized around the world and are considered among the great masterpieces of our time.”
The painting has been in the private collection of the New Jersey Museum of Art for more than 50 years, but was sold for a mere $8,500, Christie’s said.
In the late 18th century in London, the king of England, George VI, visits the capital in search of a royal bride, which he has failed to find.
Keats, who died in 1922, painted the painting in the form of a tapestry, according the New Yorker.
The artist also painted “A Voyage to America,” a portrait of the late U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
The title of “A Visitation to London” was inspired by Keats favorite book, The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Keat’s “Avis” was the first painting to be awarded the American Gilded Age Medal.
In addition to his paintings, Keats also wrote poetry, fiction, plays, and short stories.