Auction Valuation Services

As well as our Specialist departments we offer a comprehensive valuation service for the purposes of:


The value of antiques, art and collectables can increase as well as decrease, often without the owner being aware of such changes in the market place. In today's climate it is important to have an up to date valuation of one's possessions for many reasons. Very often valuable pieces can be simply lumped in with ordinary contents in a general household insurance policy. If a claim arises this can cause immense problems in obtaining a reasonable level of recompense, so it is best practice to have a professional valuation carried out and reviewed every three to five years. Insuring high-risk items at their true value is important and will ensure that you are adequately covered in the event of loss or damage. With well over a century of experience Adams are expert at the appraisal of fine art, antiques and collectables for insurance purposes, from single items to complete collections. We act for many public, semi-state, educational and corporate bodies as well as private collectors, large and small and can tailor our valuations to your specific needs. Adam's can offer a personal, confidential, professional and discreet service made to order.


Apart from Insurance, one of the most common reasons for seeking a valuation is the death of a loved one, relative or close friend. We have worked closely with legal professionals in this area over the years, providing probate valuations at all levels of complexity. Adam's valuation services can help complete things in a timely and effective way providing generalized or detailed inventories and valuations for the purpose of finalizing a deceased estate.

Family Division

We also offer valuation services for family division. Sadly it is often necessary to divide a collection or property within a family, an exercise which is often fractious. We offer a professional and independent service that can help make these difficult situations easier, carried out in complete confidence.

As a member firm of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors we are regulated to ensure the highest possible professional and ethical standards. Our academically qualified valuers adhere to these bodies ongoing requirements for Continuing Professional Development.

Our reasonable valuation fees are discussed and agreed in advance and are normally worked out on a time basis.


Please fill out the contact form below or e-mail for more information.


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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