Enjoying steady growth since its establishment in Neuilly-sur-Seine more than twenty years ago, while also holding auctions at Drouot in Paris and in Lyon, AGUTTES was ranked as the fourth largest auction house in the French market in 2017, and the leading independent French auction house (without external shareholders). Headed by Claude Aguttes since 1974, six associates, including his daughters Philippine Dupré la Tour and Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes, help manage the company today. The company holds 110 auctions per year with a team of 40, including four authorized auctioneers.
AGUTTES is also a major and most dynamic actor at Drouot in Paris, where it achieved the highest bids in 2015 and in 2017.
Due to its professionalism, the auction house was recently chosen by the French Commercial Court to orchestrate the auctions of Aristophil’s tremendous collection of old manuscripts. The year 2017 was marked by the development of off-site sales, such as the one during “Les Grandes Heures Automobiles” at the Linas-Montlhéry motor circuit, or those held in the Arturo L?pez private mansion in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Furthermore, in Lyon, significant renovations of the auction saleroom in the former train station of Brotteaux have just been completed which will allow new events to be created.
"In an art market which is certainly more dynamic than the financial markets, while remaining highly selective, we are particularly proud to see auction totals rising thanks to high quality sales and bidding of international standards in several specialities. In very competitive times, such growth rewards our consistent organizational efforts, our dedication to bringing in new business, the energy and work of our teams to ensure successful auctions, as well as the quality of service that we are developing to satisfy consignors and to maintain the level of trust of international bidders" declared Claude Aguttes.