Dorotheum

Founded in 1707 by Kaiser Joseph I, Dorotheum is an Austrian auction house with headquarters in Vienna.

It has offices around its home country and internationally including in London, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich, Rome and Prague.

The firm holds about 600 auctions a year across 40 different categories of art, antiques and collectables. Its notable specialties include modern and contemporary art, jewellery and old master and nineteenth century paintings.


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Josef Hoffmann vase is a leading light at Vienna auction

30 November 2020

Items designed by Josef Hoffmann, leading light of the Wiener Werkstӓtte movement, will feature in a sale in Vienna.

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Old Masters: ‘The Spinola Rubens’ makes return to Vienna

23 November 2020

A painting from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens making its second appearance at Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) in the space of a decade was the best-seller in the November 10 Old Masters auction in Vienna.

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De Chirico’s mysterious squares emerge in two countries

16 November 2020

Throughout his long career, Giorgio de Chirico often returned to the subject ‘Piazza d’Italia’, one of the most familiar images among his metaphysical paintings.

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Rolex Dato Compax 'Olympian tribute' watch offered in November sale

02 November 2020

Dorotheum’s auction of wrist and pocket watches in Vienna on November 27 includes this Rolex Dato Compax ref 4768.

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Emperor Franz Joseph’s bowler hat emerges at Vienna sale

12 October 2020

A bowler hat that once belonged to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria will go under the hammer at Dorotheum on October 19 in the sale of imperial court memorabilia and historical objects in Vienna.

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First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction

14 September 2020

Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.

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Coecke van Aelst sends right note to Old Masters market

29 June 2020

Vienna saleroom Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) was hoping to send a positive signal for the art market from its latest Old Master sale.

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Cartier brings colour to the Depression

29 June 2020

A recent sale at Dorotheum (28/25/22% buyer’s premium) in Vienna was topped by this spectacular diamond and aquamarine tiara-necklace by Cartier London.

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Pocket previews

15 June 2020

Dual time zones watches first came into fashion in France, where they were used to show both ‘time’ in the traditional manner and also Revolutionary time, a short-lived idea based on the decimal system.

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Dorotheum saleroom’s seven heaven

18 November 2019

Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) in Vienna could boast two seven-figure prices in as many days, including the highest Austrian auction price of this year so far.

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Schiele reveals his artistic manifesto

18 November 2019

“There is no such thing as modern art, there is only art and it is perpetual.” The author of these lines was, perhaps surprisingly, the highly modern Austrian painter Egon Schiele and are part of an artistic manifesto written on July 17, 1911.

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A double helping of imperial jewels

11 November 2019

Jewellery owned by Marie Valerie Hapsburg, the favourite daughter of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, will be auctioned by Dorotheum in Vienna on November 27.

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Rare at auction: Hamdi Bey work

07 October 2019

Since 1984, only about 20 paintings by the Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) have come on the auction market and many of his best-known works are in international museums.

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Dorotheum in Vienna play it safe with Saint Bartholomew attribution

19 April 2019

In the 1980s, the 3ft 7in x 2ft 9in (1.1m x 85cm) canvas of Saint Bartholomew being offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 30 was tentatively ascribed to Caravaggio. The treatment of light and shadow and the extreme naturalism in the portrayal certainly indicate a proximity to the revolutionary artist.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Versace tiara sketch, a Tompion clock and a Maori carving

18 February 2019

With estimates from £800-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Reports: Renoir stolen from Viennese auction house Dorotheum

28 November 2018

It has been reported that a man and two accomplices walked into auction house Dorotheum in Vienna earlier this week and walked out with a Renoir that was due to be auctioned.

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Brooches designed by Josef Hoffmann emerge at Vienna sale

19 November 2018

A number of works designed by some of the biggest names in the Wiener Werkstatte association are to be offered in the Jugendstil auction at Dorotheum on December 12. Among them are two brooches designed by Josef Hoffmann.

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Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Lucretia’ sells at Viennese auction for €1.6m

24 October 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 'Lucretia' was hammered down for €1.6m at an auction in Vienna.

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Flemish artist’s Allegory of Winter offered at Vienna sale

08 October 2018

Winter is putting in an early appearance at Dorotheum in Vienna in the sale of Old Master paintings on October 23 in the shape of a 20in x 2ft 2in (52 x 66cm) oak panel Allegory of Winter, painted by Flemish artist Sebastiaen Vrancx (1573-1647).

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Habsburg royal memorabilia leads selection of Central European hammer highlights

06 August 2018

Imperial souvenirs, Expressionist portraits and metalware from Augsburg and Iran were among the recent highlights at sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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