"many Viennese were already calling the state-run pawnshop by a new name, the Dorotheum"

     Founded in 1707 by Emperor Joseph I, the Pawn and Query Bureau was later moved into the former Dorotheerkloster, a monastery, which gave it its current name of Dorotheum. The new building of the Dorothem in the location of the old cloister was completed in 1901. It is the oldest of the great auction houses of the world, its staff of 530 holding 600 auctions annually.