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Indigenous Art

Leonard Joel offers a range of historical and contemporary Australian Indigenous works of art and artefacts at auction.

In recent years, Leonard Joel has offered significant collections of Indigenous Art including The Mark Lissauer Collection of Tribal Art & Artefacts, a vast collection assembled over 67 years, and The Sonia Heitlinger Collection.

With extensive expertise and market knowledge in this field, our Indigenous Art specialists and have also achieved exceptional prices for rare artefacts including $23,400 for an early 20th century Papua New Guinea Pigment Bowl and the Galbraith Boomerang, circa 1901-4, which realised $13,200. The Galbraith Boomerang and related items now proudly form part of Museum Victoria’s collection.

If you have a single work of art or a collection you are considering selling, please contact us for a complimentary valuation.

On 3rd December 2021, Leonard Joel introduced a new policy in relation to the consignment of Australian Indigenous art. Read our policy here.

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Now consigning for 2024 auctions

Indigenous Art Auction Highlights

Indigenous Art Specialists

Olivia Fuller
Head of Fine Art


Olivia Fuller joined Leonard Joel in 2014 as Fine Art Specialist. After completing a Bachelor of Art History and Theory at the University of New South Wales, Olivia went on to manage commercial art galleries in Sydney before moving to Melbourne in 2013 to pursue a passion for working within the art auction market.

In her time as Fine Art Specialist, Olivia pioneered our Women Artists auctions which have unearthed some of Australia’s rarest and most covetable
works by underappreciated female artists. She also introduced Centum to the Leonard Joel calendar, which highlights key works of Australian Contemporary Art. In addition to valuing and curating art auctions, Olivia is also a Senior Auctioneer.

Lucy Foster
Senior Fine Art Specialist


​Lucy Foster received an Executive Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne in addition to a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (majoring in Theory) from Deakin University. Prior to joining Leonard Joel, Lucy interned at the highly-regarded Anna Pappas Gallery as well as working as a Gallery Assistant at Brightspace.

She joined the Leonard Joel Art Department in 2014 to pursue an interest in art sales and research. In addition to Senior Specialist and Auctioneer, Lucy is Leonard Joel’s valued Indigenous Art Specialist, overseeing the internationally recognised Kelton Collection of Aboriginal Art as well as managing Leonard Joel’s first Indigenous Art auction to present wholly ethical works for secondary sale.

Now consigning for auction. Submit items for online valuation here or contact us to book an appointment.


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