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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Europe's Post-War Avant Garde at Dorotheum
Dorotheum's upcoming auction on November 27-30 explores the effect of World War I on European art.
Top 10 Rediscovered Masterpieces, According to Barnebys
Here are the top ten paintings that were unexpectedly discovered to be masterpieces, from a Van Gogh in an attic to a Rembrandt in a basement.
New Discoveries, Old Masters: Women in Art
Works by Old Masters and illustrious female artists dominate the art world this week in series of auctions in Vienna.
May Auction Week at Dorotheum - when no improvements are needed
Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Lucio Fontana and Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and Fernando Botero, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse - the name dropping continues at the Modern and Contemporary Art sale at Dorotheum.
Dorotheum Auction Week: Take it away!
Sometimes one auction is not enough: Vienna’s Dorotheum dedicates three sales to Old Master, 19th-Century Paintings and Works of Art from 24 to 26 April.

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Set of 6 Biedermeier chairs
Ca. 1830. Elegant serpentine chairs made partly in walnut and walnut veneer, with concave backs and turned cross-rails, restored upholstery on the seats, linen base covers. In fine restored condition. (MIN) Dorotheum
Ö. (*) - 1945 Wappen Freimarke 24 Pf. dunkelkarmin ungezähnt
Einzelprobe auf Kartonpapier, sehr selten! Attest Soecknick (ANK 724 PU) F Dorotheum
1975 VW 181 Dispatcher (no reserve)
5-door, feel-good convertible for families Appreciatively known as the ‘Kübel’ (bucket) in German-speaking countries, but called disparagingly ‘The Thing’ in the United States, where it is nonetheless – paradoxically – loved by its loyal fans. Originally developed as an off-road utility vehicle and used almost exclusively by the Armed Forces from 1968, it experienced unexpected popularity from the end of the 80s as a hip fun-mobile for the urban youth and a convertible for the perennially non-conformist. After all, it was the breeziest and cheapest of all open-topped Volkswagens, rugged enough to do without inordinate care or even washing. Owners even wanted their 181s to display an expected degree of ageing. Laid-back Kübel buyers didn’t care, and the girls adorned the vehicles with colourfully crayoned flowers. So in its second life, the dispatcher acquired the coolness that Volkswagen doubtless would have hoped for at its presentation in 1969. A snobby attitude is entirely alien to the angular jeep. After all, who sports a mink stole at the beach? Like most of its siblings, this 181 entered service with the federal army. After decommissioning, it was extensively refurbished and redesigned to incorporate a civvy street look. The off-white paint job gives it an innocent touch and removes any hint of its military past. The doors fit perfectly, which indicates a meticulous standard of repair. A very neat roof and the four slider windows complement the already extremely pretty overall impression. Only the fabric seats beneath the covers require some touching up. Summer is at the door, and this 5-door, feel-good convertible is the ideal companion to pack a guitar and head off for the lake with some good friends to relive old times round a campfire! Dorotheum
Militärmaler um 1830
Darstellung von Ausrüstungssorten des Wiener Bürgermilitärs, Aquarell auf Papier, 30 x 20 cm, gerahmt unter Glas (JZG) Dorotheum
Gregor Traversa *
(Graz 1941-2007, Mitbegründer der Galerie im Cafe Schillerhof, Sommerakademie Salzburg) Ohne Titel, handsigniert, datiert Gregor Traversa 80, Radierung in Farbe, Nr. 7 von 42 nummerierten Exemplaren, Stockgröße ca. 20,5 x 20,5 cm, Passepartout, verglast, gerahmt Lit.: Gregor Traversa, Radierungen 1969-1999, Abb. S.11, Nr.71 Dorotheum

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1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 17
Tel. +43-1-515 60-0
Fax +43-1-515 60-443
15 Stratton Street
UK-W1J 8LQ London
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Piazza SS. Apostoli, 66
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Südstraße 5
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