Drouot, one of the oldest institutions within the world of public auction house sales, proposes a unique model that brings togandher 74 auction houses and over 2000 professionals dedicated to auction sales. Open to all tastes and preferences, Drouot stands out for its large scale of 500,000 objects proposed each year, offering an incomparable access to the art world to 5,000 daily visitors, from grand collectors, to amateurs, to novices. With its inexhaustible reservoir of works, objets d'art and collectable items from all eras, styles and values, Drouot is a place of constant exchange with an ever-flowing stream of objects, thanks to the passion and dedication of its auctioneers. Drouot's solid reputation and large number of visitors, both on site and online, means that an item is guaranteed to be seen by a large audience brought togandher by a shared taste for discovery. This naturally increases its chances of fandching a good price at auction.
like every room, is filled
with emotion. I get this
feeling, which I find really
exhilarating, of being
a true discoverer, of
buying these works of art that others don't see."
9 August 1850 The Company of Auctioneers buys the land of the old Hôtel Pinon de Quincy in Paris. After 18 months of work, Drouot opens its doors on 1 June 1852. 6-30 December 1852 Sale of the property of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French. 1864 and 1867 Sales of works from the studios of Delacroix and Ingres. 1869 The engineer Edoux builds one of Paris' first water-powered goods lifts at Drouot. 24 March 1875 First Impressionist sale with paintings by the likes of Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, and Alfred Sisley... 1881 The dispersion of the paintings from Gustave Courbet's estate is a great success with total sales reaching FF 251,990. February 1884 Sale of Édouard Manet's estate. February 1897 Sale of the Goncourt Brothers' collection over 8 sessions bringing in FF 1,369,249, to go towards the creation of the Academy. November 1910 Sale of the Count de Camondo's collection. March 1914 Sale of the 'Peau de l'Ours', joint collection created in 1904 by André Level, with "a few young people showing the same tastes." (Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Dufy, Van Gogh, Redon, Van Dongen…). 1918 Sale of works from Edgar Degas' studio. 6 july 1923 Sale of Sarah Bernhardt's furniture. 1931 Dispersion of the Tsar Alexandre II's keepsakes, and jewellery. March 1955 Sale of André Derain's estate, including an exceptional collection of primitive art. November 1972 Sale of Jacques Doucet's collection, definatively dedicated to art deco furniture. January 1976 Parisian auctioneers move to the Gare d'Orsay during work carried out on Hôtel Drouot. 13 May 1980 The new Drouot is inaugurated by Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris. 1987-1988 Three sessions dedicated to Georges Renand's collection, bringing together an exceptional ensemble of romantic, impressionist and modern works, bringing in a total of 227 million francs. 25 November 1990 Dispersion of Alain Delon's collection of modern paintings. 27 November 1997 Sale of impressionist paintings, notably by Berthe Morisot, from Madame Julien Rouart's estate. 28 October 1999 Dispersion of Geneviève and Pierre Hebeys' collection dedicated to Jacques-Émile Rulhmann. 29, 30, 31 May 2002 Sale of the estate of Princess Soraya, first wife of the Shah of Iran, notably including exceptional pieces of jewellery. 1-18 April 2003 5,000 lots from the collection "André Breton, 42 rue Fontaine", bearing witness to the erudition and curiosity of this great intellectual figure, were dispersed over 21 sessions. 17 and 18 June 2006 Vérité collection, one of the most important sales of primitive art ever organised. 2 and 3 October 2006 Sale of Brassaï's estate, celebrating 20th century photography through the artist's own work. June 2008 Sale of all of the furniture from the Parisian palace Le Royal Monceau. 2009 Creation of the Drouot Live Platform, destined to broadcast sales live on the web. 26 and 27 May 2009 Sale of Marcel Marceau's estate. 12 and 13 June 2010 Anne and Jacques Kerchache collection. A statue of "King Tshokwe playing the sanza" was bought for €1,445,000 by the Musée du Quai Branly. June 2010 Jacques Prévert collection: "Morceaux choisis". 2011 Creation of the online Drouot Platform proposing sales to take place uniquely on the web. 5-8 April 2011 Former collection of Paul-Louis Weiller.
Drouot sells 550,000 items in over 1,600 sales each year; that's 431 million euros worth of items sold in 2012. Auctionspress Publishes La Gazette Drouot, the Moniteur des Ventes and the Gazette Drouot International. Drouot SI Allows internet-users a platform for participating at a distance, in sales at taking place both in our sales rooms (Drouot Live and Moniteur Live), and exclusively on the internet (Drouot Online). Drouot Formation Educational tool for art lovers which offers a professional programme and a series of conferences. www.drouot-formation.com Drouot Estimations Service offering free, oral valuations on demand, which also realises the sale of the entrusted objects. www.drouot-estimations.com