Founded by Emperor Joseph I in 1707, Dorotheum is one of the world’s oldest major auction houses.
As an emininent Viennese institution for over 300 years, Dorotheum is a slice of Austrian history. Eighty years after it was founded as the “Displacement and Inquiry Office for Vienna”, it relocated to the former Dorotheerkirche, a convent, leading to its current name “Dorotheum”. The magnificent Palais Dorotheum that is located in the Dorotheergasse was completed on the site of the old convent in 1901.
Plans for the new building in neo-Baroque style were drawn up by the famous Ringstrasse architect, Emil Ritter von Förster, and Kaiser Franz Joseph himself conducted its grand opening. The premises met all the requirements of a major auction house, and the spacious showrooms and salons cemented its appeal as an elegant marketplace for fine art. Today, the palace provides an ambient and unique backdrop for the major international Dorotheum auctions.