Auctions Sydney

Established in 1919, Leonard Joel is Australia’s premier auction house; a marketplace for the rare, the beautiful and the extraordinary.

Leonard Joel Sydney offers specialist expertise and regular, curated auctions in Important Jewels, Decorative Arts, Asian Works of Art, Fine Art, antique jewellery, and more.

Our Sydney premises is located within The Bond, the renowned building at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra. Opened in 2013, the saleroom has been host to several notable Important Collections, including the Private Collection of Trevor Kennedy AM, and The Collection of the Late John Schaeffer AO.

Whether you are buying or selling, we look forward to welcoming you to our saleroom in Sydney.

Sydney Auction Highlights

A Magnificent Solitaire Diamond Ring, 20.05 Carats

Sold for $1,625,000

The Collection Of The Late John Schaeffer AO / Cyrus Edwin Dallin (American, 1861-1944) Nude Sleeping in the Landscape 1903

Sold for $212,500

JEFFREY SMART (1921-2013) E.U.R. II 1965

Sold for $687,500

A Pair of Freestanding Mahogany and Parcel Gilt Revolving Bookcases

Sold for $27,500

Sydney Auction Specialists

Ronan Sulich

Senior Adviser, Sydney

Ronan’s career is deeply grounded in the fine and decorative arts, with an arts degree from the University of Sydney majoring in Fine Art and Archaeology followed by a graduate diploma of Museum Studies. His ensuing three years at the storied David Jones Art Gallery, rounded out a practical understanding of the decorative arts as well as contemporary Australian art, followed by time spent as curator at the atmospheric and untouched Rouse Hill House.

Moving to London in 1988 he worked in a busy auction house in Chelsea cataloguing a weekly antiques sale and has calculated that in the five years he was there he catalogued 300 lots per week for 48 sales per annum, about 70,000 objects described in his time there. Christie’s Australia offered him the role as the decorative arts specialist in the Sydney office in 1995 and he had the opportunity to work on many of the milestone auctions of the time, the Whiteman Collection, the BinThuan Shipwreck sale, the collections of Leo Schofield at Bronte House and John Schaeffer at Rona in Bellevue Hill. With the closure of the Australian salerooms in 2006 he was made the Christie’s representative for Australia and until 2020 worked with major collectors and collections, institutions and artists.

Hamish Sharma

Head of Important Jewels

Hamish Sharma has over forty years of jewellery industry experience, including the sourcing, presentation, valuation, auction appraisal and promotion of rare and fine jewellery. As a trader in antique jewellery through leading international auction houses in Geneva, London, and New York, Hamish developed a thorough understanding of the auction industry and was appointed Head of Jewels of Sotheby's Australia in 2010.

As Head of Important Jewels at Leonard Joel, Hamish provides a suite of bespoke services for clients wishing to acquire or sell an important piece.

Madeleine Norton

Head of Decorative Arts & Art, Sydney

Originally from Perth, Madeleine completed a double degree in Commerce and Fine Art at the University of Western Australia. From Perth she moved to London to undertake her master’s degree at Christie’s Education in History of Art and Art-world Practice. Following her studies she interned at the Peggy Guggenheim, Venice and Sotheby’s, London where she then worked for a further two years in the Contemporary Art Department on both auctions and private sales. Moving to New York in 2017 Madeleine worked at the blue-chip art gallery Sperone Westwater for two years before returning home to Australia.

In Sydney she has built her knowledge of decorative arts working on The Collector’s Auction, as well as the private collections of Dr Trevor Hyde, the late John Schaeffer AO, Trevor Kennedy AM and the Brans Collection. As a specialist in both decorative arts and art, her highly organised auctions in the Sydney saleroom highlight Leonard Joel’s multitude of strengths within the secondary market.

Lauren Boustridge

Senior Jewels & Timepieces Specialist

Lauren’s experience in the jewellery industry extends from New Zealand to Europe. She has trained and worked with prestigious brands such as Chaumet, Rolex, and Tiffany & Co. She joins Leonard Joel from Webb’s Auctions in New Zealand, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Important Jewels department.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Victoria University of Wellington and completed her Graduate Gemmologist Diploma at the GIA in London. Her personal jewellery style is varied, and she is often found playfully styling mixed metals, eras, and colours harmoniously.