Hôtel des Ventes is a private auction house established in Geneva in 1978. Since its takeover in 2006 by Bernard Piguet, a specialist in the art market for over 20 years, the auction house has become a fixture on the Swiss market as well as international markets. Piguet transformed the traditional auction house into a decidedly modern business using the latest management methods and introducing a high level of professionalism with services offered to buyers and sellers.
Today, Hôtel des Ventes sells nearly 15,000 works of art and objects valued at 300 to one million Swiss francs annually. With its strategic location in the heart of Geneva, a city of finance featuring heavily on the art market, its tight organisation and the quality of its sales have catapulted Hôtel des Ventes in to the forefront of the international scene in numerous fields. It attracts buyers the world over and guarantees sellers maximum results.
With its solid team of over 20 professionals, Hôtel des Ventes offers clients the experience and dynamism of its specialists and consultants. All specialists work discretely and thoroughly in their specific area field of knowledge. Tailored to the individual’s needs, questions are answered openly and advice given on how to proceed with the sale of items, providing a personalised and top-quality service.
Hôtel des Ventes has developed several other services for its clients. Of particular note is the Inventory Department, which assesses and appraises your items with no obligation to sell. Illustrated lists with pricing objects for insurance reassessments, inheritance or relocation purposes can be provided. When dealing with a deceased estate, Hôtel des Ventes offers inheritors sound advice along with very rapid, complete solutions adapted to any given situation in order to make all the necessary procedures easier.
With an impressive educational background in both art history (Sotheby's Institute London) and economics (HEC Lausanne), Bernard Piguet is the CEO and head auctioneer of Hôtel des Ventes in Geneva. After six years at Sotheby's as administrator of the fine jewellery department and head of sales administrator in Geneva, Piguet set up and managed his own consultancy before taking over Hôtel des Ventes in 2006.