Hôtel Drouot

Hôtel Drouot is a Parisian auction house, specialising in fine art and antiques. It is a business which includes 16 halls and 70 auction houses under the umbrella of Drouot.

Hôtel Drouot was founded in 1852 and is now owned by BNP Paribas; other locations include Monmartre, Vehicules, and Drouot-Montaigne. Weekly catalogues are published in the Gazette de l’Hotel Drouot, sold at newsstands throughout Paris.


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Dedicated sale of enamelled advertising signs in Paris

20 September 2021

Baron Ribeyre & Associés is holding a two-day auction at Drouot in Paris devoted to a collection of enamelled advertising signs from 1900-60.

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Largest triceratops skeleton ever discovered comes to auction in France

04 September 2021

The fossilised remains of 'Big John', the largest triceratops dinosaur ever discovered, will be offered by Paris auction house Binoche et Giquello next month.

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French sales bouncing back after Covid impact

26 July 2021

Sales figures or 'bilan' for the first half of this year have been released by some auction firms in France.

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Furniture treasure trove amassed over 30 years

19 July 2021

Prize examples of French 18th century furniture were on offer at Drouot when Hughes Taquet of the auction house Hôtel des Ventes de Mantes-La-Jolie (26.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered the collection of René Siméoni.

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Limoges plaque bidder hell bent on a purchase

07 June 2021

Sixteenth century Limoges work depicts underworld scene from Virgil’s The Aeneid

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Sculpture in the Paris spotlight as record set for Pompon

17 May 2021

François Pompon auction record leads a look at four stand-out results achieved in the French capital

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Masterful Limoges plaque emerges in Paris auction

17 May 2021

The highlight of a sale of paintings, furniture and works of art staged at Drouot by Coutau-Bégarie on May 28 will be this early 16th century Limoges enamel plaque painted with a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid.

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Mars mission: bronze figure emerges at Drouot auction

22 March 2021

A bronze figure of Mars from the studio of Giambologna will be one of the highlights in a sale of furniture, paintings, sculpture and works of art to be held at Drouot by L’Huillier on April 2.

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Edouard Manet dog portrait emerges at Paris sale

15 February 2021

This canine portrait 'Minnay' by Edouard Manet (1832-83) will be offered for sale by Drouot Estimations on February 26.

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Old Masters star in first flurry of French auctions

15 February 2021

January proves to be a busy month in France including 37 sales at the Drouot in a fortnight

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Major Deco names make big prices in Paris

15 February 2021

The Gros & Delettrez (30% buyer’s premium) auction of Art Deco held in Paris on January 22 offered works from the collection of a gallery owner.

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Sèvres jug and basin for ‘Mylord Bolingbroke’

15 February 2021

The auction firm Peschetau-Badin (22.5% buyer’s premium) is known for holding dedicated ceramics sales and offered a two-day auction of European ceramics.

Drouot closes again as Paris locks down

02 November 2020

Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot has been forced to close its premises after French president Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown.

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Drouot building soon open to all auction houses

26 October 2020

Paris auction group Hôtel Drouot has reorganised its operations and will soon allow non-shareholder businesses to operate from its premises.

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Scent bottles create a fine sale aroma at Drouot

26 October 2020

A rare scent bottle designed by one of the leading figures in the French Art Nouveau movement was the highlight of a sale of perfume bottles and jewellery held by Copages (23% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris.

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Old Master oils: vive la différence

19 October 2020

Two Old Master oil on panel paintings by 17th century Dutch artists featuring very different subjects were best-sellers in large mixed-discipline sales held in Paris and Monaco.

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Pre-emptions: stepping in at the fall of the gavel

19 October 2020

Pre-emption, the right of a French museum or institution to step in at the fall of the gavel to claim a lot at auctions staged in France for purchase at the hammer price, is a common occurence in such sales.

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Eight Immortals vase brings £3.3m in Paris

12 October 2020

This 21½in (55cm) high Qianlong famille rose vase and stand sold for €3.7m (£3.3m) at the Drouot in Paris last month.

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A taste of the new French season

21 September 2020

Launched in 1956, La Biennale des Antiquaires, now an annual event known as La Biennale Paris, is one of the world’s longest-established and best-known art and antiques fairs.

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Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery turns heads at Drouot

10 August 2020

An ensemble of jewellery by René Lalique was on offer in a Decorative Arts sale held by Tessier & Sarrou (28% buyer’s premium) at Drouot. All the pieces were signed examples of his distinctive Art Nouveau style and inventive use of non-precious materials.

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