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.


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.

Artemesia Gentileschi painting at auction

Auction record set for Artemesia Gentileschi as painting of St Catherine of Alexandria sells in Paris auction

22 December 2017

A 17th century Old Master by Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652) depicting St Catherine of Alexandria has set a new auction record for the artist in Paris.


Carved Song dynasty figure offered at Hotel Drouot auction

11 December 2017

This carved wooden figure of Guanyin dating to the Song dynasty (900-1279 AD) will be the headline entry of the Asian art sale to be held by Leclère at Drouot on December 16.


Richly decorated Chinese screen emerges at Paris auction

11 December 2017

December is traditionally a month when Paris focuses attention on sales of Asian art, with auctions in the rooms across the city and at the Drouot centre.


Multi-million-pound collection of manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil to be auctioned in Paris

16 November 2017

A huge collection of manuscripts from investment scheme Aristophil will finally be resold in Paris after a two-year wait.

Vièrge à la Grenade, catalogued as Sandro Botticelli and studio

Sandro Botticelli at Paris auction – how much of this painting is by the hand of the master?

08 November 2017

Sandro Botticelli is one of the best-known names in the lexicon of art history and his Birth of Venus in the Uffizi is one of the world's most famous art images. Later this month a painting by the Renaissance master and his studio goes under the hammer at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.


Diana as huntress leads trail of Drouot highlights

06 November 2017

Among recent highlights at the Drouot in Paris, Beaussant- Lefèvre’s (21.53% buyer’s premium inc VAT) classic sale of Old Masters, furniture and works of art on October 18 produced a substantial €265,000 (£240,910) for a modestly estimated bronze of the goddess Diana.


French sales figures: Christie’s in Paris pole position as first-half 2017 results appear

15 July 2017

A number of the French auction rooms have released their sales figures for the first half of the year, with Christie’s Paris operation taking the top slot.


Asian art in Paris: Military scene on silk generates bidding battle

10 July 2017

At the Drouot auction centre in June around 3000 items of Asian art went under the hammer in a series of 20 auctions that were either dedicated sales or featured substantial Asian sections.


Picture reveals history of French auctions hub

03 July 2017

It is high season for sales in Paris and the Drouot auction centre, home to 75 firms, is busy with its usual roster across all disciplines.


Paris auction previews: Quentin de la Tour pastel and 18th century Belgian teapot

18 April 2017

This pastel portrait by Maurice Quentin de la Tour is the potential star of the auction taking place at Drouot held by Kalck & Associés.


Rodin turns heads in Paris and Pau

05 April 2017

With this year marking the centenary of the sculptor’s death, Auguste Rodin is much in the news. While the Grand Palais in Paris is marking the event with a major exhibition, Fraysse et Associés sold a 2ft 1in (64cm) high lifetime cast bronze figural group for €1.55m (£1.35m) at Drouot on March 22.

Auguste Rodin’s l’Éternel Printemps

Auguste Rodin sculptures turn heads at Paris auctions

28 March 2017

Auguste Rodin is very much in the news at the moment. 2017 marks the centenary of the death of the French sculptor, who was the most famous exponent of the medium in his time, and the Grand Palais in Paris is celebrating the event with a major exhibition.

Qianlong Emperor seal

Chinese seal draws 15-minute bidding battle and sets €17.5m auction record

22 December 2016

A Chinese hardstone imperial seal set a record at Drouot in Paris on when Pierre Bergé & Associés sold this impressively carved 4in (10.5cm) square specimen, inscribed 'Qianlong Yu Bi Zhi Bao', for a hammer price of €17.5m (£14.58m).

 alabaster statuette of Saint Cecilia

Alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia hits €2.3m top note in Paris auction

16 December 2016

A small Castilian mediaeval alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia playing a portable organ led a strong selection of traditional art and antiques in the Paris pre-Christmas auctions at Hotel Drouot.

Rembrandt Bugatti bronze anteater

Giant price for giant anteater – Rembrandt Bugatti bronze takes €1.2m at Paris auction

14 December 2016

This Rembrandt Bugatti bronze of ‘The Giant Anteater’ (Le Grand Fourmilier) more than lived up to its status as the potential star at a recent auction in Paris.

Prince Felix Youssoupov costume

What the Russian Prince wore to the ball…

16 November 2016

Like many Russian aristocrats born in the later years of the 19th century, Prince Felix Youssoupov (1887-1967) lived an extraordinary life both before and after the Russian Revolution.

Paris Metro seats

Eiffel Tower girder among lots up for auction at Drouot

24 September 2016

Fancy owning a piece of the Eiffel Tower, the ceiling from a Parisian boulangerie or butcher’s shop or an old seat from the Metro?


Drouot affair “belongs in the past", says French auctioneer body

09 September 2016

The sentencing of former porters and auctioneers in Paris this week for the organised theft of thousands of artworks means the affair “belongs in the past”, the head of France’s auctioneering body told ATG.