Why choose Aguttes?The first independent auction house*
We are the no. 4 auction house in France, and the leading independent company (with no external shareholders). Founded in 1974 by Claude Aguttes and now managed with two of his daughters (Philippine Dupré la Tour and Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes), the house is staffed by a team of 50. In 2018, we exceeded the symbolic threshold of €50 M incl. tax in hammer prices, an annual total never before achieved by an independent auction house in France.
With an international sale room in west Paris and sales offices in Lyon and Brussels, we stages over 80 auctions each year. Our 15 specialist departments enable us to sell major collections, and they regularly post records at auction, as over 75% of their buyers are international. We are is also a key player at Drouot, where we achieved the highest bid of the year in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Acclaimed for our excellent service and responsiveness, we are is positioned as a serious alternative to the market leaders in its flagship departments, including Asian Painters, Impressionist and Modern Art, Jewellery & Fine Pearls, Design, Asian Arts, Vintage Automobiles, Wines & Spirits, Furniture & Objets d’art, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Contemporary Art and Old Master Paintings & Drawings. Because of our professionalism, we were chosen by the commercial court to orchestrate the sale of the vast and remarkable collection of antique manuscripts assembled by Aristophil.Our specialist departmentsOur specialists are gathered by business lines and departments. They can advise you on the most appropriate place and auction period for your artworks. Each department is responsible of their own sales organisation and can use the services of external experts. Contact our SPECIALIST DEPARTMENTS
Our catalogued auctions
Every year, we organise catalogued auctions in conjunction with events related to the art market and heritage (the Passion Patrimoine Auction as part of the European Heritage Days, the FIAC Special Contemporary Art Auction, the Old Masters Drawings Auction on the occasion of the Drawing Fair, the Design Auction during the PAD, the Asian Arts and Asian Painters Auctions during the Asian Spring Week in Paris...), Online Only Auctions, tailor-made auctions linked to special projects in situ.
Our collection auctions
Many French and foreign professionals and individuals choose to trust us: auction of Mamounia furniture in Marrakech, auction of Kenzo's personal collection, auction of the Chirée collection in Drouot, auction of the Roger Vivier collection, auction of President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's furniture... COLLECTION SALES
Entrust objects at auction
Sale conditions:When items intended for sale are consigned, a list is drawn up and a contract describing the conditions of sale is signed.
This indicates the minimum prices and sellers' fees, which will be deducted from the hammer price, and are negotiated case by case depending on the importance of the items.
These fees include:
- The auctioneer's fees
- Photography costs (all photos are taken by a professional photographer)
- Pre-sale valuation costs (except the cost of any necessary certification, invoiced by the cataloguists if relevant)
- Insurance costs
- Catalogue costs
- The cost of advertisements in the national and international press
A cheque for the proceeds of the sale is sent to the seller between 4 and 6 weeks after the sale.
Tax implicationsAuctions are subject to tax.
Capital gains tax is 6.5% of the hammer price and is deducted from each item sold by a private individual for any amount over €5,001. This tax is exonerated in two cases:
- If the item has belonged to the seller for more than 22 years (in which case it is necessary to complete a form, which should be sent to us together with one of the supporting documents described).
To access the form, click here.
- If the seller is a foreign national and not a tax resident in France. To access the form, click here.
- If the seller is a foreign national and not a tax resident in France.