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Pulling in the Nets
Sleeping Nude
Seated Nude

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Two Nudes
Nude study in Repose
Resting Ballerina

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Where to buy or sell art works by Ivor Hele

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Elder Fine Art
Sold 80 works for
Leonard Joel
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Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Sold 53 works for

Born in South Australia in 1912, Hele studied in South Australia and Europe. He is best known for his portaits, for which he won several Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prizes. Returning to Australia, he won the South Australian Centenary Competition. He was an official war artist during both World War II and the Korean War. In 1954 he was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to paint the opening of Federal Parliament and was knighted in 1983.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Ivor Hele from 1967 and in total 386 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 261 (68%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $98,182 for The Charge at Beersheba sold by Menzies in December 2014. This year 8 works have been offered for sale. Works by Ivor Hele are held by the Australian War Memorial, Art Gallery of South Australia and a further five major public national galleries (see list below).

Ivor Hele is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 509
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 302
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

The Australian Art Sales Digest is a database of over 610,000 works by more than 12,000 artists who are listed as having either lived or worked in Australia or New Zealand, and an additional 36,000 foreign and other artists, offered for sale by auction in Australia and New Zealand from the early 1970s to the present day.

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