Vienna auction house sells undelivered parcels

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Vienna auction house sells undelivered parcels
The Dorotheum is one of the world's oldest auction houses. Photo: Extrawurst/Wikimedia

A Viennese auction house is holding a sale of undelivered parcels, including high value items which could make great Christmas presents - such as drones, tablets, and smartphones.


The Dorotheum auctions undelivered parcels every year on behalf of the Austrian Post. This year there are 200 items and bids for each item start at just €10. Usually the items are all new and still packaged.

"Parcels which we’re unable to deliver are stored for three months. We wait to see if anyone comes to claim them, and after that they’re opened and we check if the contents are usable,” Kathrin Schrammel from the Austrian Post said.

This year, items which were never claimed include fitness apparatus, smartphones, scooters, tablets, laptops, drones and kitchen appliances. “This year we expect around 1,000 bids,” says Karl Sauberer, who works at the Dorotheum.

Last year the auction attracted 320 people, and this year the Dorotheum decided to make it an online event. “It’s less complicated and it means that people from all over Austria get a chance to bid,” Sauberer said.

Every item will be listed online with a photo. And if you want to examine the item before you bid, you can go and browse the auction at the Dorotheum.

Anita Kauz is a regular at the auction, and says she has bought designer handbags, clothes and mattresses at the auction before - including items which she gave as Christmas gifts to her daughter.

Once the auction is over you can pick up the item from the Dorotheum, or ask for it to be delivered by post (the post office will charge around €10 for parcels up to 31 kilograms.

The auction ends on December 7th at 7pm. Browse the items online at: or view them at the Dorotheum warehouse at Wien-Vösendorf Fahrzeug und Technik-Zentrum between 8am and 4pm.





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