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Past Sales

'Aboriginal Elder'
Multiple Faces (6 faces)
Aboriginal Boy

Sales by Medium

Sold 224 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 1 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by William Ricketts

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 137 works for
Sold 7 works for
Amanda Addams Auctions
Sold 27 works for

Born in Melbourne in 1899, William Ricketts was a self-taught sculptor and conservationist. Well known for his terracotta figures, often based on Aboriginal subjects, he owned a property at Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges, now known as the William Ricketts Sanctuary. This property is famous for its bush garden heavily decorated with his terracotta sculptures.

The earliest auction listing we have for William Ricketts is in 1967 and in total 293 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 225 (77%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $17,925 for Self Portrait with a Group of Aborigines sold by Christies in October 2004. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by William Ricketts are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).

William Ricketts 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 825
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 576
  • 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.

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