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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New international appointments at Dorotheum and Bonhams

25 July 2022

Austrian auction house Dorotheum will open a new office in Hamburg providing valuations and exhibitions. The office will be run by Dr Catherine, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein, who joins as the new managing director of Dorotheum Germany and new director of Dorotheum Hamburg.

Matthew Haley

Promotions and appointments – the latest Movers & Shakers across the world of art and antiques

20 July 2022

A new boss for Bonhams’ Knightsbridge saleroom is among the latest updates.

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Die Brücke group works prove sought after among German Expressionist works at Munich auction

04 July 2022

Ketterer’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) recent evening sale in Munich got off to a perfect start.

Titian's The Penitent Magdalen

Vienna sale sets third-highest Titian price

16 May 2022

A late version of the Penitent Magdalen by Titian (c.1485- 1576) that surfaced at Austrian saleroom Dorotheum has sold for €4.1m (£3.5m).

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Romanian artist Brauner does the twist

09 May 2022

The Romanian artist Victor Brauner is known above all for his disturbing Surrealist paintings, often incorporating violent scenes.

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Man Ray by his mate Warhol

25 April 2022

One of the highlights of the Contemporary art auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on June 1 is Andy Warhol’s portrait of his favourite artist, the Surrealist and photographer Man Ray, which he created in 1974 after a photo session in Paris.

The Penitent Magdalen

'Lost Titian' painting now on offer in Vienna

04 April 2022

A work described as a ‘missing painting’ by the great Venetian master Titian (c.1485-1576), which was once owned by a succession of European royalty, has emerged for sale at Austrian auction house Dorotheum.

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Slashed and rejected canvas now worth €120,000

09 August 2021

If Marie Bashkirtseff had her way, the portrait she painted of her cousin in the late 1870s would never have survived, let alone made it to auction.

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Oak chair designed by Hoffmann for Klimt's studio appears at Vienna sale

28 June 2021

At the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt was without doubt the most famous Austrian painter, and Josef Hoffmann the most renowned designer and architect.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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