TECHNOLOGY is increasingly important in the art market but a pair of oils by the Anglo-Australian artist William Blamire Young (1862-1935), is believed to be the first significant work identified and consigned to auction through Christie’s iPhone application.
Light Horse and Artillery, painted in 1904, were an
attic find for a Surrey vendor who asked her neighbour for advice
on how to sell them.
The neighbour, a digital developer and avid iPhone user, used
his Christie's 'app' to research the artist from the signature, and
then sent photographs of the works through to the specialist
department for a valuation.
The paintings (one of which was documented but its whereabouts
unknown) celebrate the birth of the Australian army and were
formerly in the ownership of its founder, Major General Edward
They will be offered as a pair and are expected to realise
£20,000-30,000 when included in the sale of Modern and Contemporary
Australian Art at Christie's South Kensington on September 23.