Dorotheum Auction House
© Dorotheum/Raimo Rudi Rumpler

Auctions in Vienna

The Dorotheum is one of the world's leading auction houses and the biggest in Central Europe. It was established in 1707 by Emperor Joseph I. About 600 auctions in 40 specialisms are held each year. The highlight of the year are four large international auction weeks with premium auctions in the main art and antiquities specialisms. The Dorotheum jeweler and the Dorotheum gallery also offer an extensive range of items at fixed prices. The Dorotheum auctions regularly offer designs from the 1930s to the 1950s (e.g. Roland Rainer and Carl Auböck) as well as classics of Viennese Modernism (e.g. Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann). The auction house resides in the Palais Dorotheum, a magnificent building of the neo-Baroque period, completed in 1901.

Famous around the world for its auctions of valuable old cameras is WestLicht. Twice a year, the specialist in photography organizes record-breaking auctions. For example, the Leica camera of LIFE photographer David Douglas Duncan was sold here a few years ago for €1.68 million. The photo auctions are another tip.


Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien
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Westlicht Center for Photography

Westbahnstraße 40 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Fr, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 14:00 - 21:00
    • Sa - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 15 Steps (Swinging doors   90  cm  wide )
        via private elevator, please make prior arrangements
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 140 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Side entrance and exhibition rooms reachable with the elevator, door width: 140 - 180 cm. 

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