Who we are?
Drouot is a name that resonates with a specific echo amongst art lovers around the world. Since 1851, it became the headquarters to "La Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-Priseurs Judiciare" (National Chamber of Judicial Auctioneers), founded by Napoleon I in 1801, and continues to be a place of reference for the French and European art market.
From its beginnings until the deregulation of the French market in 2000, the market for auction sales has undergone many changes. The digital transformation is only its last challenge, but not the least!
Simultaneously heir to a long tradition and resolutely turned towards the future, Drouot's mission is to accompany this transformation, by offering art lovers and collectors a bespoke customer experience, and by bringing to the auction houses all the tools and services they need to increase their online sales.
A unique inventory in the world
Drouot annually posts more than 3000 catalogues online and nearly a million lots, with an estimated value of 900 million euros, of which 75% are eligible for Live bidding and 15% for Online bidding.
Our 240 partner auction houses, mainly established in Paris and in the provinces, but also in Brussels, Geneva, Monte Carlo, Lisbon, Jerusalem, Vienna or Montreal, cover all specialities: furniture and objets d'art from all periods and styles, but also collectibles, wines and spirits, watches and jewellery, books and manuscripts … The record result for an online sale exceeds 600 000 euros.
Whether you want to enrich your collection, decorate your home, offer an exceptional gift or go hunting for a rare object, Drouot allows you to experience the thrill of an auction from the comfort of your own sofa, and acquire the object of your dreams in Live, and at the same price as in the auction room.