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.


Champion racehorse gallops into Paris auction in bronze form

04 February 2019

A collection of 18 bronzes of thoroughbred racing horses by major French animalier sculptors is to be offered at Drouot on February 22 by Beaussant-Lefėvre. They include examples by Isadore Bonheur, Pierre-Jules Mène and Emmanuel Fremiet.


The year of the Dragon – Chinese bronze sculpture could be Summer Palace discovery

21 December 2018

Did the final days of 2018 provide the year’s greatest discovery? Bidders who pursued a bronze dragon head from €20,000 to €2.4m (£2.2m) at the Drouot in Paris on December 17 certainly thought so.

 Bernardino Luini

'Gilets jaunes' rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn

05 December 2018

With the Paris 'Temps Forts' high season now under way in the salerooms as riots rage in the streets, the temporary closure of some businesses did not put off bidders and buyers in the French capital.


Louis XVI secrétaire emerges at Drouot sale

12 November 2018

Art Richelieu Castor-Hara is offering a single-owner French collection featuring Old Masters and modern paintings, and classic furniture in a sale at Drouot.

A Vincennes soft paste porcelain dish

Pre-emptions in Paris: Four of the latest museum purchases at the Drouot auction centre

05 November 2018

The right of French museums to claim a lot offered at auction as soon as the final price is determined by the fall of the hammer always adds an extra dimension to any auction in France.


French auction means crunch time for biscuit collectors

01 October 2018

In the UK Huntley and Palmers and McVitie’s might be the brand names to trip off the tongue at the mention of the word biscuit. In France it is LU that first comes to mind.


Pick of the Week Saint’s head sets a gold standard

02 July 2018

A rare medieval gold head of a saint generated significant interest at a sale in Paris conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés at the Hôtel Drouot.


Old Masters fly high in Paris

02 July 2018

The Paris high season is a time when classic sales of traditional fare are as much to the fore as buoyant sectors such as Asian, contemporary and modern and tribal art.

Bugatti bronze

Animalier sculptor Bugatti remains a heavyweight at auction

28 June 2018

Another substantial price for a bronze by the current hot favourite animalier sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), has emerged at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.


First Hours of Aristophil sell-off

25 June 2018

The mammoth disposal of the Aristophil collections of historic manuscripts began last week with a premium-inclusive €17.6m series of seven June auctions offered over four days at Drouot (June 15 and 18-20).

Van Gogh letter

French museums swoop on books, letters and manuscripts at the mammoth auction series of the Aristophil collection

25 June 2018

French institutions exercised their right of pre-emption on a number of occasions as the gargantuan disposal of the Aristophil collections of historic manuscripts began last week.

palmwood sideboard by Eugène Printz

Saleroom selection: early design highlights at auction from Lalique lights to Rembrandt Bugatti’s panther

15 June 2018

Recent design sales have generated plenty of dramatic prices for post-war and modern classics, from the Lalannes and Jean Royère to Charlotte Perriand.

Drouot to host street art fair in Paris

11 June 2018

The Hôtel Drouot in Paris is to host a street art fair this autumn.


16th century doublet bought by museum at auction

11 June 2018

It is relatively rare to find items of 16th century costume on the market, especially pieces in good condition. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that this gentleman’s doublet from c.1580-1600 should end up going to a major museum when it went under the hammer in a Paris auction this month.


Ceramics dealer Christophe Perlès sells 150 lots at Paris auction

11 June 2018

After a continuous 30-year period of trading, and a stockbook tally of around 10,000 pieces, Paris dealer in European ceramics Christophe Perlès has decided to take a break for a couple of years.


Cabinet is among highlights at Ader's Islamic and Indian art sale

11 June 2018

This ivory-inlaid fall-fronted cabinet is one of the highlights in a sale of Islamic and Indian art at Drouot by Ader on June 29.


French rooms to team up for Aristophil sales

14 May 2018

Three extra French auctioneers are to assist in the mammoth disposal of the Aristophil collections of historic manuscripts.


Huge photograph archive of luxury transatlantic liner Normandie heads to Paris auction

02 April 2018

Synonymous with luxury and style, the Normandie epitomised the Art Deco era.


Wide range of drawings feature at Drouot sales

12 March 2018

There is, of course, no shortage of works on paper to be found on sale at the Drouot auction centre either in the form of dedicated auctions or as sections within mixed-discipline sales.

Eric Turquin and Christophe Joron-Derem

“A museum-worthy piece and a powerful painting”: auctioneer and expert discuss the virtues of record-breaking Artemesia Gentileschi painting - VIDEO

03 January 2018

Establishing an auction record for Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652), a rediscovered self-portrait that sold for €1.85m (£1.63m) in Paris was described as “a museum-worthy piece and a powerful painting” by Eric Turquin, appraiser and expert in Old Master paintings.