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Hôtel Drouot

Hôtel Drouot is a large auction house in Paris, known for fine art, antiques, and antiquities. It consists of 16 halls hosting 70 independent auction firms, which operate under the umbrella grouping of Drouot.

The firm's main location, called Drouot-Richelieu, is situated on the Rue Drouot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, on a site once occupied by the Paris Opera's Salle Le Peletier. The nearest Métro station is Richelieu - Drouot.

Other locations are Drouot-Montaigne, Drouot-Monmartre, and Drouot-Véhicules.[1]

Details of forthcoming auctions are published in the weekly Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, sold at newsstands and by subscription.[2]

In 2008 Hôtel Drouot was ranked fifth by sales amongst Paris auction houses, after Sotheby's, Christie's, Artcurial, and Tajan.[3]

History

Frontispiece for a significant auction held at Drouot in May 1914. (showing lot 8, a Renoir Baigneuse 1895, (80 x 65 cms), very similar to Baigneuse aux cheveux longs in the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris).

The Hôtel Drouot was inaugurated on 1 June 1852. From 1976 to 1980, while its present building was being constructed, sales took place in the former Gare d'Orsay. In 2000, reform of the monopolistic French auction laws, regulated through the system of commissaires-priseurs, opened Drouot up to international competition. It is now owned by a subsidiary of BNP Paribas.

References

Notes
  1. ^ "Drouot Pratique". 
  2. ^ Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot
  3. ^ : "Sotheby’s take the lead in Paris"Antiques Trade Gazette
Sources
  • Guillaumin, Paul (1986). Drouot, hier et aujourd'hui. Paris: Les Éditions de l'Amateur. ISBN 2-85917-060-X

External links

  • Drouot.com
  • Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot
  • France Magazine No.62, Summer 2002: "Bidding on a Comeback" by Nicholas Powell

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