Visiting Drouot is a good alternative for these tourists who love unusual experiences. Main French saleroom, Drouot has always been, since its creation during the 19th century, an essential actor of the national and international art market.
The main saleroom of Paris, located in the 9th arrondissement at 9, rue Drouot, is a real amazing microcosm. No matter what day and time you come, you will meet an excited crowd which gathered for one same intention: the search for THE item. Drouot, it’s all year long over 800.000 sold lots for a total of 441 million euro in 2010. Everything is for sale here, and you can buy anything for ten euro or a few million…
To try this unforgettable experience, just enter the doors of the saleroom, walk through the different floors and soak up the atmosphere of the salerooms. And don’t be afraid of squeezing in a crowded room, it is the real way to enjoy Drouot ! You will rapidly get into the game of this quite different market, with its own code and a unique setting. So please mind the beginner’s mistake of tidying your hair during a sale session… as a risen hand means you’re bidding!
Drouot is a captivating (and free!) immersion in the world of sales that we recommend. After that, feel free to keep discovering the 9th arrondissement or head straight to the neighbouring Galeries Lafayette, the Opera or the Stock Exchange.