Biddle and Webb, one of Britain’s most respected auction houses and valuers, has launched ‘The Great Lost Art Hunt’, a nationwide search to find and identify important, unrecognised works of art. The company’s art experts believe there are hundreds, if not thousands, of significant and highly valuable artworks hanging in homes and offices across the country, but their owners have no idea what they have. Biddle and Webb believe that, for the first time, the technologies of smartphones, iPads and the internet offer the opportunity to unearth these unrecognised masterpieces by the world’s most famous artists.
During ‘The Great Lost Art Hunt’, Biddle and Webb are offering every household, institution and company in the country the ground-breaking opportunity to snap a photo of any artwork they think may be valuable and either email it to them or upload it to their website. Then, free of charge, a panel of art experts will identify artwork that could be important or valuable and offer to come out, again at no cost, to carry out further evaluation.
“Traditionally it’s been so time-consuming or impractical to get artwork assessed by an expert that most people just haven’t bothered,” says Jeremy Thornton of Biddle and Webb, “but smartphones now make it so quick and easy that we really believe we now have the perfect way to identify the lost masterpieces we’re sure are hanging undiscovered on walls across the country. Unearthing lost treasures is the greatest joy of my job and nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing the look of delight on an owner’s face when they’re told that something they’ve owned, possibly for generations, is far more valuable than they could possibly have imagined.”
During ‘The Great Lost Art Hunt’ there will be no charge at all to owners and no obligation to sell, but if people do decide to sell then Biddle and Webb would be very happy to do so in one of their regular fine art auctions.
‘The Great Lost Art Hunt’ is nationwide and will run until 31st March 2014. To discover if a painting on their wall is worth a fortune, all people need to do is email or upload a photo of it. If there is a signature on the painting, they should send a close-up photo of this also. Any additional information about the history of the artwork would be of help. They can email the photos and information to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.biddleandwebb.com/arthunt.cfm or text to 07880 385 845.