Brett Whiteley's drawing, Waves V, is still missing from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, more than 16 months after it was found to be missing.
QVMAG staff first became concerned about the drawing's whereabouts in mid-2018 after researchers inquired about it and it has been more than 500 days since it was announced it was missing.
An audit of the QVMAG's entire collection began in July 2019, but a spokesperson confirmed the mid-1970s drawing had not been found yet.
"A dedicated team of curators, officers and volunteers have been meticulously documenting the collection.
"While the audit is ongoing, unfortunately Brett Whiteley's drawing ... is yet to be located. However with a large number of objects to consider, there is still some way to go," they said.
"The museum has taken significant steps to maintain the integrity and quality of its entire collection, and will continue to do so into the future."
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It was purchased in 1976 for $800, but there has been no further record of it in the museum's collection and it has never been displayed.
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