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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Philosopher Wittgenstein shows sculpture skills

04 December 2017

A philosopher of mathematics, the human consciousness and language, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was described by his teacher Bertrand Russell as “the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived”.

Liegende Frau by Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele work on paper sets highest price of the year for an Austrian auction

29 November 2017

The highest price of the year to date at auction in Austria was set by a market-fresh work on paper by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) offered at the latest Modern art sale held at Dorotheum in Vienna.

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The weird, wacky and sometimes wonderful at auction

25 October 2017

“A disgusting object” that may be of “some whimsical interest to an obsessive collector” is how Auberon Waugh described a telescopic ear trumpet as used by his father in his later years. Disgusting he may have regarded it, but far more palatable to auctioneers and dealers are the prices of such objects that collectors are prepared to pay.

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Buccellati jewelley on offer with aristocratic provenanace

11 September 2017

Jewels by Buccellati, all from European aristocratic collections, feature in the jewellery auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on October 19.

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Irises bloom in Austrian saleroom as tension mounts

07 August 2017

Austrian artists figured prominently at the June 20-21 sale at Kinsky (26% buyer’s premium) in Vienna.

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Vienna Vesalius is a truly impressive body of work

10 July 2017

Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica is one of those rare epoch-making works, a publication that changes everything in its field and sets a standard for others to emulate.

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Bidders battle for Old Masters in Vienna and Cologne

12 June 2017

Recent Old Master paintings in Vienna and Cologne have yielded some predicted but also unexpected results including a high price for a work by a German better known for his poems and plays than his paintings.

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Nicolas De Staël 1950 work in Vienna auction

24 April 2017

A small 6¼ x 11in (16 x 27 cm) oil on canvas by Nicolas De Staël (1914-55), titled Composition and dating from 1950, is one of the potential highlights of the contemporary art auction to be held by Dorotheum in Vienna on May 31 and June 1.

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Rediscovered portrait of the Old Pretender to be sold at auction in Vienna

04 October 2016

A rediscovered portrait of the Old Pretender – James Francis Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales – will be sold at Dorotheum in Vienna on October 18.

Sales from Hoffmann

04 February 2004

FRANCE: THE centenary of the Wiener Werkstätte, founded by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser in 1903, was commemorated in Vienna with various museum and gallery exhibitions, and two specialist auctions at the city’s main auction houses – the Dorotheum and Wiener Kunst.

‘Chaise tongue’ will help lick sale into shape

26 March 2003

ON May 6 Vienna’s top auction house, Dorotheum, holds an important Design sale featuring works from the turn of the last century by such luminaries as Adolf Loos, Josef Hofmann and Carlo Bugatti through to some 20 square metres of aluminium flooring from the Berlin Skoda Boutique, designed by Mark Newson in 1992.

Battling over haunting mementos of Sarajevo

08 June 2001

Austria: This broken pane of glass formed a haunting reminder of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, which precipitated World War I.

Austrian auctioneers fear political backlash on sales

20 March 2000

AUSTRIA: THE ENTRY of Jörg Haider's far-right Freedom Party into the Austrian government could have repercussions for the country's art market, warns Otto Hans Ressler, director of Austria's second-largest auction firm Wiener Kunst.

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