Nonesuch painting to be auctioned

No trace of Henry VIII's Nonesuch Palace remains except a rare 16th century watercolor by Joris Hoefnagel, and now that is to be auctioned by Christies. The watercolor is expected to bring as much as 1.2 million UK pounds (US$1.9 million).

The painting is only one of four painted while the apalce was still in existence. "Not only is it one of the earliest British watercolors and a work of art of immense beauty, but it is also the most exact pictorial record of Henry VIII's great commission," said Benjamin Peronnet, head of Old Masters at Christie's.