Drouot auction house

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Decades ago I had a Parisian boyfriend named Raoul.  Raoul was a snob and a sophisticate and on Saturday afternoons he liked to meet up with his equally snobbish friends at Drouot  (like him, his friends were journalists at Reuters or AFP – Agence France Presse.)  I was invited to tag along.

I was far from being a sophisticate in those days.  Before Drouot, the only auctions I had attended were in country barns in rural Ontario (growing up, my family had a weekend farm east of Toronto.)

Raoul had a penchant for Persian and Oriental rugs.  These rugs below reminded me of him.

IMG_5106IMG_5108IMG_5107Look at these beautiful pressed flowers that are over a hundred years old.IMG_5112

Drouot is fun because anyone can just walk on in and attend the sales.  Entrance is free.  There are several rooms upstairs and sales occur simultaneously.  There’s a lot of activity and people milling around.  If you like beautiful, eclectic things and objects of historical value, I suggest that you go.  Sales usually start at 2 p.m.  Here below is the sale of postcards.  A few years ago, a postcard dated October 1899 and signed Guillaume Apollinaire sold for 8,000 euros.

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You can also bid via telephone and internet.  Closest metro stop is Richelieu-Drouot on lines 8 and 9.

http://www.drouot.com/

2 thoughts on “Drouot auction house

    • Oh, you must find an auction somewhere and attend. They’re fascinating and the buzz of people and the chant of the auctioneer adds to the whole atmosphere. I miss the country auctions I used to attend in the barns and farmhouses of rural Ontario.

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