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.

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Blog posts about "Dorotheum"

520 artworks, 5 auctions, 3 days: Contemporary Art week at Dorotheum
520 artworks, 5 auctions in 3 days. Check out our highlights coming up for sale at Dorotheum.
A right royal sale
From 25th to 27th April, Old Masters, antiques, jewellery and 19th century paintings will all be going under the hammer at Dorotheum. Such a prestigious sale deserves a royal entrance, so first stop, Austria.
Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Marc Chagall and more at auction
Check out our top picks from Dorotheum's sale this month.
Soon turned out had an art of glass
From 18th to 20th October, the Austrian house Dorotheum will hold four auctions: from Old masters through to19th century and jewellery. The fifth sale, which will be held on 20th October in Prague, caught our eye. The sale is entirely dedicated to art and glass sculptures, a contemporary art movement that remains widely unknown to the general public.
Barnebys curates: Fontana, Botero, Wesselmann and Richter
On 31st May, Fauvist, Cubist and Symbolist works from the first half of the 20th century will be going under the gavel in Vienna at Dorotheum. 

Realised prices "Dorotheum "

Holz, tlw. furniert, marketiert, politiert, verglaste Seitenteile, 2 Glasfächer, 2 verglaste mit Sprossen unterteilte Türen, hervorspringender Unterteil mit 2 Laden, ca. 152 x 130 x 44 cm. 3 Schlüssel, neuzeitlich, 2. Hälfte 20. Jh.\n Experte: Gerhard Jirak Dorotheum
Ankunft des Kaiserpaares in Wien
AE Medaille 1745. Med. Vestner. Av: lorbeerbekränztes Brustbild Franz I. Stefan mit römischen Harnisch n. r. Rv: HILARITAS PVBLICA, von Victoria gezügelte Quadriga mit dem sitzenden Kaiserpaar fährt auf Triumphpforte zu. Victoria hält Kranz, rechts und links der Kutsche je ein Soldat mit Oliven- bzw. Palmzweig. Mont. 1781 (dort AR), SDMT 67. =44,2 mm= II+/II Specialist: Mag. Michael Beckers Dorotheum
Brilliant and ruby creoles
white gold 750, brilliants, total weight ca. 0,90 ct, rubies, total weight ca. 3,50 ct, 10,4 g, Specialist: Alessandra Thornton Dorotheum
Murano 1960er Jahre, Glasschirm mit weiß-rotgelben, blütenförmigen Murrinen in durchbrochener Messingfassung, zu elektrifizieren, Höhe ca. 45 cm,(B).\n Expertin: Dr. Julia Blaha Dorotheum
Spanische Kaffeekanne,
Silber, oval, eckige Faltenzüge, Scharnierdeckel, monogrammiert, Höhe 29,5 cm, Gewicht 1072 g, Beschauzeichen Burgos(?), um 1730, (Lu)\n Experte: Dr. Georg Ludwigstorff 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