And she forgot the stars, the moon, and sun,These paintings were a sensational hit, selling for the then huge sum of 1800 guineas -- at least a million dollars in today's terms -- and critic Cosmo Monkhouse once called this "the painting of the century." The larger version of the painting ended up in an English museum, but the smaller was bought by American railroad tycoon John Taylor Johnston and his been in the U.S. ever since. Now it is being sold at Christie's in London by the Delaware Art Museum, with an expected price of £5,000,000-8,000,000.
And she forgot the blue above the trees,
And she forgot the dells where waters run,
And she forgot the chilly autumn breeze;
She had no knowledge when the day was done,
And the new morn she saw not: but in peace
Hung over her sweet Basil evermore,
And moisten'd it with tears unto the core.
The museum needs to raise $19 million to pay off debts run up while expanding their facilities -- great idea, to enlarge your museum and then pay for it by selling all your best paintings.