Vendu–Sold is an annual contemporary art benefit auction created to ensure that Les éditions Esse, a not-for-profit organization, can continue to successfully promote and disseminate contemporary art and artists on the Canadian and international scenes. Advised a committee of experts, the auction offers collectors and art lovers the opportunity to acquire high-quality artworks by renowned and emerging Canadian artists while contributing to the development of Les éditions Esse. Part of the proceeds also goes to the participating artists.

Since 2009, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has hosted the event, and Esse’s valued partners contribute to the ongoing success of this prestigious event. For the 2021 edition, Vendu–Sold took place in virtual format on the website of BYDealers Auction house, from October 14 to 28. An exhibition bringing together the 35 works was presented in this new partner's gallery on October 16 and 17. With twelve successful auctions held to date, Vendu–Sold has become a much-anticipated occasion for collectors and the entire arts community.