The firm was founded in 1707 by Emperor Joseph I and, with its history of more than 300 years, it is the oldest of the great auction houses of the world.

One of Vienna’s best-known institutions, the Dorotheum can be said to embody a part of Austrian history. Eighty years after its foundation as a pawnshop, the "Versatz- und Fragamt zu Wien", it moved into the premises of the former Dorothea Convent, whose name it still bears. The magnificent palace – the Palais Dorotheum, which eventually supplanted the old convent in the Dorotheergasse, was completed in 1901. The famous Ringstrasse architect Emil Ritter von Förster had supplied the designs for the new building in the Neo-Baroque style. The opening ceremony was attended by none less than Emperor Francis Joseph himself. Even then, the facilities met all the requirements of a major auction house in a truly excellent fashion; the spacious showrooms and salons became a favourite meeting place for the high society. Today the Palace continues to provide the perfect setting and an attractive ambience for the Dorotheum’s major international auctions.

Since autumn 2001, the Dorotheum has had private owners, who continue to conduct business with a great deal of personal commitment and a lot of enthusiasm for art.

It is the goal of the management to further expand Vienna as an auction venue and at the same time preserve the charm of this traditional institution. With an intensified client service, a young image, and the expansion of its excellent international contacts, the Dorotheum intends to preserve and further develop its interesting profile for art lovers and collectors. Key initiatives are being taken especially in the fields of Modern and Contemporary Art.

  • United Kingdom
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
Objects "Dorotheum"

Blog posts about "Dorotheum"

Hallo Italy, Ciao Germania: The Post-war Avant-garde
For the second time this year, a Vienna auction will be dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Particularly well represented are artists of the post-war avant-garde from Germany and Italy.
Top Ten Rediscovered Masterpieces, According to Barnebys
Lost, unrecorded, rediscovered, uncovered, found or authenticated: we’ve compiled the best stories from around the world of artworks that have been rediscovered, much to the lucrative pleasure of the many unsuspecting owners.
Brand New Discoveries and Strong Women
Women dominate the art world this week in series of auctions in Vienna.
May Auction Week at Dorotheum - when no improvements are needed
Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Lucio Fontana and Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and Fernando Botero, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse - the name dropping continues at the Modern and Contemporary Art sale at Dorotheum.
Dorotheum Auction Week: Take it away!
Sometimes one auction is not enough: Vienna’s Dorotheum dedicates three sales to Old Master, 19th-Century Paintings and Works of Art from 24 to 26 April.

Realised prices "Dorotheum "

Four chairs and two armchairs
Austria/Germany, c. 1850–60, riveted and soldered filigree iron frames on four legs, white paint coat (replaced), woven iron wire seats and backrests in the Viennese style, height approx. 82 cm, width approx. 50 cm, depth approx. 60 cm, height of seat approx. 45 cm. (MHA) Dorotheum
ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Datejust
Edelstahlherrenarmbanduhr, Referenznummer 16220, Gehäusedurchmesser ca. 36 mm, Automatik, Ankerwerk, Kaliber 3135, graufärbiges Zifferblatt mit aufgelegten Stundenstrichen, Leucht-Indizes und Zeiger, Zentralsekunde, Datum, Werknummer 6927175, Seriennummer X 877114, um 1991Faltschließe, 93,2 g, 1 Garantieschein, Gebrauchsspuren, Service wird empfohlenøx\n Experte: Manfred Schleritzko Dorotheum
A c. 1900 Surveyor’s Levelling Instrument
by R. Reiss Liebenwerda, lacquered and darkened brass bubble level with alidade, in original case c. 10 x 24 x 16 cm. (WU). Dorotheum
Albrecht von Wallenstein 1583-1634
(3 AR) 3 Kreuzer 1628, 1629 S, 1630 S III-/IV Specialist: Dr. Norbert Helmwein Dorotheum
A diamond ring with an untreated ruby c. 2.08 ct
gold and white gold 750, troidia-cut diamonds total weight c. 0.50 ct, the ruby shows no signs of thermal treatment, 3.8 g, RG 53, certificate from 2018 enclosed Shape Oval Colour: Vivid Red No indications of heating Provenance: Mozambique Dorotheum

Find address and telephone number to Dorotheum

1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 17
Tel. +43-1-515 60-0
Fax +43-1-515 60-443
15 Stratton Street
UK-W1J 8LQ London
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3036 0027
Fax: -
Ovocny trh 580/2
CZ-11000 Prague
Phone: +420-2-24 22 20 01
Fax: +420-2-24 22 20 11
13, rue aux Laines
B-1000 Brussels
Phone: +32-2-514 00 34
Fax: +32-2-514 59 00
Palazzo Amman, Via Boito, 8
I-20121 Milan
Phone: +39-02-303 52 41
Fax: +39-02-304 101 20
Piazza SS. Apostoli, 66
I-00187 Rome
Phone: +39-06-699 23 671
Fax: +39-06-699 22 252
Südstraße 5
D-40213 Dusseldorf
Phone: +49-211-210 77 47 / +49-172-566 60 20
Fax: +49-211-210 77 48
Galeriestraße 2
D-80539 Munich
Phone: +49-89-244 434 73 0
Fax: +49-89-244 434 73 1