The piece will be auctioned by the Wilberforce Trust, a York charity which supports people with sight loss. Hockney created the abstract drawing which he faxed from his home in Malibu to a friend in his native town of Bradford in November 1988. The work includes the printed date and time the fax was sent.

Michael Powell, who has donated the work to the auction, believes his family own all eight pieces of the faxes series.


Hockney, David. DH at the Beach, 1988

Hockney referred to the fax machine as ''the wonderful machine, the enemy of totalitarianism, the return of handwritten letters." He sent his art work as faxes to his friends in the 1980s and 90s. The works have proved popular at auction, reaching high hammer prices, despite the artist admitting the pieces are worthless.

Hockney is a fan of combining technology and art as he also made a series using Xerox machines. In 2012 the Royal Academy, London, held a solo exhibition of large-scale paintings that the artist produced with the help of an iPad.