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Forthcoming Sales

Malurus Leuconotus, White Backed Superb Warbler, Birds of Australia Supplement

Past Sales

Mus Sordidus
Antechinus Ferruginifrons
Mus Assimilis

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Prints & Graphics
Sold 5,218 works for
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Works on Paper
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Where to buy or sell art works by John Gould

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McKenzies Auctioneers
Sold 1,449 works for
Bay East Auctions
Sold 692 works for
Sold 799 works for

Born in England in 1804, John Gould, working with his wife Elizabeth and other artists, became a celebrated ornithologist and painter of birds and spent much of his life travelling in pursuit of this interest. He illustrated some 900 species of Australian and New Guinean birds, discovering at least 300 new species in his studies.

John Gould is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1976 of 6,228, of which 5,221 (84%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $188,500 for The Birds of Australia sold by Sotheby's in September 2005. This year 4 works have been offered for sale. Works by John Gould are held by the Queensland Art Gallery, Ian Potter Museum of Art and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).

John Gould 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 471
  • Kerr, Joan. Dictionary of Australian Artists, Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870. Oxford University Press, Australia, 1993. Page 312
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.

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…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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