Buying At Adam's

First Time Buyers

If you have not bought with us before, we suggest you carefully read the following guide to buying at Adam's. Our Conditions of Sale may be accessed at any point, which should be read in conjunction with this brief guide. Any queries you may have can be addressed to our fine art team, who are more than pleased to assist you in any way they can, alternatively you can e-mail us directly to info@adams.ie.

Registration

We operate a paddle bidding system. To bid at auction you will need a paddle number. To register for a paddle you must fill in and sign a Bidder Registration Form. You may be asked to supply identification upon registration, by way of passport or driving licence together with a valid credit card. This is a security measure which applies to new registrants only. Always allow plenty of time to register. Should you need to clarify anything you are unsure about, please feel free to call us on 01-6760261 or e-mail us at info@adams.ie.

The Auction

Lots are offered for sale in numerical order as they appear in your catalogue. We offer for sale an estimated 80-120 lots per hour, depending on the particular category of sale. We strongly recommend that you arrive in plenty of time before the lot you are wishing to bid on is up for sale. Bids are increased at the Auctioneers discretion by approximately 10% of the bid price. To bid, raise you paddle clearly and promptly, allowing sufficient time for the Auctioneer to note your number upon the success of your bid. It is important to note your paddle number, as this will be your reference for later payment.

Absentee Bidding

Written Bids

If you cannot attend an auction in person, Adam's can bid on your behalf, acting upon your instructions to secure an item for you at the lowest possible price. This is a free service which requires you to fill out an Absentee Bidding Form, detailing your bids, giving your price limit for each specific lot and requesting Adam's, without legal obligation of any kind, to bid on your behalf. Buyer's premium plus VAT will be payable on the hammer price in the event of a successful bid. All bids must be received within 24 hours before the sale in order to ensure their execution.

Create a "My Adam's" Account

Alternatively you can log on to our web site www.adams.ie and create an account by signing up and registering your particulars online. The process involves uploading identification by way of passport or driving licence and supplying valid credit card information. This is a once off request for security purposes, and once the account is activated you will not be asked for this information again. You can leave absentee bids online, and add, edit or amend bids accordingly as well as other useful functions including paying your invoice.

Telephone Bids

An alternative to written bids is telephone bidding. This may be arranged on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. As the number of telephone lines is limited, early booking is recommended. (We also recommend that you leave a "Security" bid in case we are unable to reach you by telephone.) Telephone Bidding Form. Please note buyer's premium plus VAT will be payable on the hammer price in the event of a successful bid.

Post sale results are available on our website, click on results and search the database by sale date and title.

Buyers' Premium

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the hammer price, plus VAT of 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246.

Payment

All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value & American Express subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards including Laser card payments are not subject to a surcharge, there are however daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

 

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Collection

Collection of purchases is the responsibility of the buyer. We are happy to assist the buyer by recommending a carrier, however goods remain at the buyer's risk from the fall of the hammer. Goods remaining uncollected two days after the auction date may be subject to storage & handling charges, therefore it is important that you make collection within the designated time, as detailed in the important information for purchasers in your sale catalogue. If you are unable to remove your item immediately you will need to arrange storage and shipping. For international deliveries an export licence may be required. While we can provide Certificates of Antiquity, it is the responsibility of the buyer to assess any export and custom requirements.



This is intended as a guide only. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by either telephone or email. We look forward to seeing you at auction.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PURCHASERS

1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site www.adams.ie for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246

Payment:

All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on www.adams.ie. Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site www.adams.ie

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