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Betty Quelhurst homes go for auction

Betty, who died at the age of 88 in August, was a renowned painter known for depicting the Gold Coast lifestyle in her work, with images of the beach and Surfers Paradise Beer Garden among her most recognised pieces.

Her beachfront properties in Tugun, with never to be built out sea views, will go under the hammer on November 2, 2008.

Both homes inspired a lot of her work – with one being left vacant to store her precious creations.

PRDnationwide Coolangatta's Jason Abbott is handling the sale.

Mr Abbott said the three bedroom property situated on a 911 sq m block at 36 O'Connor Street, Tugun offered uninterrupted panoramic ocean views.

"This rare property includes two bathrooms, three car lock-up garage, a study and an in ground swimming pool all at a stone's throw away from the beach and Tugun's Surf Life Saving Club," said Mr Abbott.

The second property up for grabs is a two level duplex complete with views at 3B Wyberba Street, Tugun.

Just steps from the beach, the property features three bedrooms plus study, courtyard and balcony.

After retiring as a Brisbane art teacher in 1984 – aged 65 – Betty decided to spend her twilight years on the Gold Coast – the beachside lifestyle provided inspiration for Betty's artwork.

Her artworks are still held by Queensland Art Gallery, the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum.

Ms Quelhurst never married – so the properties are being auctioned as a deceased estate.

"Don't pass up the chance to finally live the dream of residing in a seaside home," said Mr Abbott.

The proceeds are going to the beneficiaries of the estate.