With more than 40 different departments, 600 auctions a year and over 100 experts, Dorotheum is one of the oldest and largest auction houses in operation. Founded in 1709 by the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I, in Vienna, where Dorotheum’s headquarters remain today, it’s fitting that the auction house — itself a veritable empire —should be represented across the whole continent, with offices in Munich, Düsseldorf, Milan, Rome, London, Prague, and Brussels. The London office is run by Croatian-born Martina Batovic, who specialises in 20th century Modern and Contemporary art, especially the Post-War of 1950s and 1960s. Describing herself as an ‘art addict’, the multi-lingual Batovic is perfectly positioned to advise Dorotheum’s client base, which is a global network including seasoned collectors and novices alike. Batovic has advised clients internationally across collection building for over a decade: ‘My position allows me not only to nurture their interests in respect to what Dorotheum has to offer, but to do so with a finger on the pulse of the London scene,’ she says. The art market is subject to constant shifts and rebalances, but in 2017, clients remain as discerning as ever, and there is a perennial thirst to see premium works appear on the market. Dorotheum are a case in point, having had a record breaking year, with auctions in Vienna featuring art that was previously unseen on the market.
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