Brussels by auction!

Written by BrusselsLife Team - (Updated: 14 Jan 2013, 15:02)
Brussels by auction!

Thanks to its international status, Brussels has three of the biggest international auction houses on its soil: , the world leader, Lempertz and Dorotheum . The last one celebrates this year its 300th anniversary and soon its ten years in Belgium. In this context, we met Constanze Werner, the marketing director of the Dorotheum in Vienna. She told us the elements affecting the basic price at an auction sale: the artist, its origin (the price rises if it comes from a prestigious collection), its state of preservation, the signature and finally if it is a newcomer on the art market. If you'd like to buy a work by auction, you can personally attend the sale, bid higher via the Internet or use the telephone and an employee will raise his hand for you or you can ask a third party to remain anonymous. But if you'd like to sell a painting or if you are simply curious about the value of an object you inherited: ask for the opinion of an expert! You a have two possibilities: you can go to an auction house or find one on your own. But in the last case, you run the risk of being swindled. To avoid this, you can find all the useful information by consulting the Belgian Experts Chamber or the Belgian Experts Association . But we have also to mention le Mont de Piété , an institution which lend money against pledge. It has been created in 1618 to contradict the proverb that reputations shape reactions. By decree, le Mont de Piété is the only pawnbroker allowed in Belgium. Every day, numerous valuations take place there as well as public auction and requested sales. Nevertheless, all the experts will certainly agree on the fact that the sentimental value of an object is priceless. Valérie Motmans (St.)

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