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For over four centuries, the French tradition of publicly auctioning personal property has provided unique guarantees of professionalism and secure transactions. The auctions are called public because they are open to all: anybody may attend as a spectator, place bids, and acquire lots. An auction therefore allows a "fair price" to be established for an object, thanks to a transparent and public confrontation of offer and demand. It is also a unique opportunity to discover the art market and learn how to appreciate the works.
How to value your property?

You may contact one of Drouot’s auction houses in order to get an estimate. The auctioneers officiating at Drouot offer comprehensive and impartial advice, while respecting complete confidentiality. They are authorised to appraise objects and set their estimates. They can also take an advisory role regarding the management of property.

The valuation drawn up by the auctioneer is a list of the property. It includes the lots’ description, information on the era, its provenance, the technique, bibliographical references, and the estimate.

An initial opinion can be obtained free of charge by sending an email or a letter with photographs of the objects. An authorised auctioneer can then arrange an appointment to conduct a valuation in-situ.

The list of auctioneers working at the Hôtel Drouot is available here.

How to sell an item at drouot?

Once an estimate has been set, the auctioneer informs the consignor whether it is a good time to sell with regard to the market and informs them of the terms.

The consignment agreement

This is a contract through which the consignor instructs the auction house to sell one or several lots on their behalf. This written agreement is confidential and made in transparent conditions. The consignment agreement details the name of the consignor, the date of the auction in which the property will be included, the possible, reserve price the commission and taxes that will be deducted from the sale proceeds.

The commission

The commission, deducted from the proceeds of the sale, is set by mutual agreement between the auction house and the consignor. The commission includes the service rendered and potentially various expenses such as expertise, photography, advertising, etc.

Auctions catalogue
9, rue Drouot
75009 Paris - France
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The auction houses operating at with Drouot regularly publish auction catalogues.
You can receive them by post if you subscribe, either to all the publications or you can choose from 14 specialities and 4 packages. The number of catalogues varies according to the selected category.
Subscriptions are valid for 12 months. You must confirm renewals one month before the end of your subscription, when you receive reminders.

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La Gazette Drouot
18, boulevard Montmartre
75009 Paris - France
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 93 00
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The leading weekly magazine dedicated to public auctions of furniture and works of art, La Gazette Drouot is essential to stay informed of all the market's news. It includes announcements and presentations of upcoming auctions; analyses, reports, and results; portraits and interviews of key international cultural players, museum and gallery agendas, etc.
A key tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike, La Gazette Drouot is available every Friday on newsstands for 3,50€ and by subscription to receive a print or electronic version.

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Moniteur des Ventes
18, boulevard Montmartre
75009 Paris - France
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 94 00
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Moniteur des Ventes is a weekly magazine devoted to sales for industrial equipment and stock. It also announces sales of commercial and tourism vehicles, and second-hand office and computer equipment.
It’s available on newsstands every Thursday for 2.50€ and by subscription.

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