Selling at Adams

Selling At Adam's

Get a Valuation:

Adams offer a free valuation service here in our salerooms on St Stephens Green. Arrangements can also be made for a valuer to call to your house by appointment, for a nominal fee. We recommend initially sending in photographs, either by post or email to, together with any other relevant information which we can use as a preliminary valuation. Alternatively you can use the valuation feedback form on the department pages of our website, where you can upload images directly to our department specialists. The service is free and there is no obligation to sell. We offer friendly informed professional advice in the strictest of confidence.


Consigning for sale

A sale contract of receipt is issued for items consigned for sale, which details our terms of engagement in accordance with our conditions of sale. All lots are given pre-sale estimates from which reserves may be placed indicating the minimum price at which the lot may be sold. All reserves must be agreed with the Auctioneer in advance of sale. We do not accept reserves on lots valued under €500 and reserves cannot be above the lower catalogue estimate.


Pre & Post Sale

A pre-sale advice & catalogue are issued prior to sale detailing the sale date & time together with descriptions of each lot, their agreed estimate and reserve. Post sale advices are issued 3/4 days after the auction with your auction sale results. Payment is issued approximately four weeks from the date of sale by way of cheque together with a statement attached detailing your deductions. Payment will only be made when all monies due from the buyer have been paid & cleared in accordance with our conditions of sale. All payments are made by Euro cheque, unless otherwise arranged by completion of our Payment Instruction form, prior to sale.

Charges & Deductions:



The standard rate of commission varies depending on the type of sale from 10% to 17.5%. The commission is calculated on the hammer price and may be subject to change. Please see our conditions of sale for more information.



Unless otherwise instructed by the seller, all lots shall be automatically insured under the Adams Fine Arts Policy. An industry charge of 1.5% of the hammer price is levied in accordance with our conditions of sale. Lots not covered under this policy remain completely at the seller's own risk. Please see our conditions of sale for more information.


Photography & Illustrations

Catalogue/Web illustrations are included at the discretion of the Auctioneer and are agreed in advance with the seller. Illustration charges are calculated based on the particular category of sale as well as size and value. These charges are subject to change. See our conditions of sale for more information.

Any other extra costs associated with offering your lots for sale by way of outlay recoverable (carriage/storage/framing/restoration/etc.), shall be deducted from the proceeds of sale as agreed in advance on consigning your goods for sale.



Vat is applied to the above charges & deductions at a rate of 23%.


Should you have any queries on selling at Adams, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 01-6760261; fax 01-6624725 or by e-mail on or the web site



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 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


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 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