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Buying at Adams

A guide to buying with us and terms and conditions

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Selling at Adams

A guide to selling with us and terms and conditions



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We are located 12 miles from Belfast, 2 miles from Bangor.


Clandeboye Map


Car: Take the Bangor road from Belfast, the A2 dual carriageway. 2 miles from Bangor pass the Dixon’s Garden Centre on the left, straight through the traffic lights (sign-posted right to Newtownards) 200 metres past this junction turn right across the dual carriageway through the main entrance gates to the Clandeboye Estate. Once inside, bear right at both forks and the Ava Gallery will be ahead of you on the righthand side of the outer courtyard and car park.

Train: There is a good rail service from Belfast to Bangor every half hour throughout the day. Go to Bangor main station where there is a permanent taxi rank.



As well As previewing our auctions in Dublin and Northern Ireland Adam’s have also mounted a number of loan exhibitions since 2010 at both the The Ava Gallery on the historic Clandeboye Estate outside Belfast and more recently here at our sale rooms in Dublin . These have proven extremely popular with the general public as they allowed them to see museum quality works on loan from private collections around the country which would normally be inaccessible. Here is a summary of the exhibitions and click on the link to view the extensive well illustrated catalogues with essays by art historians including Dr S.B. Kennedy, Karen Reihill, Aoife Leach and Dr Róisin Kennedy :


"Ulster Artists Exhibition"                  Ava Gallery                           April 2010 


"The French Connection"                  Ava Gallery                           August 2010



"A celebration of Irish Art

and Modernism"                                Ava Gallery                           June /Sept 2011


"The White Stag Group"                  Ava Gallery                           Oct / Nov 2011

With additional supplement             Adam’s Dublin                       Jan / Feb 2012


"Lamb in Connemara"                      Ava Gallery                           Jan 2012


"Ireland:Her people and

Landscape"                                       Ava Gallery                           June/ Sept  2012


"Gerard Dillon:Art and                       Adam’s Dublin                       July 2013

Friendships"                                       Ava Gallery                           August 2013                                                            

“Irish Women Artists :                       Adam’s Dublin                       July 2014

1870 – 1970”                                     Ava Gallery                           Aug / Sept 2014


"George Campbell &                       Adam’s Dublin                       July 2015

the Belfast Boys"                              Ava Gallery                           Aug / Sept  2015





If you require discreet impartial professional advice on the sale, acquisition or valuation of Irish art, period furniture, silver or porcelain please do contact us.

You can contact us by e-mail:

Telephone: +44 (0)2891 852263

Our postal address:

Adam's at Clandeboye
The Ava Gallery
Clandeboye Estate
Co Down
BT19 1RN

Our opening hours:

Monday - Friday, 11.00am - 5.00pm (no appointment necessary).

Sean O'Sullivan RHA (1906-1964)
Works from a Private Collection
View Catalogue


Charles Lamb Loan Exhibition
25th January - 24th February 2012
View Catalogue


December Important Irish Highlights
16th November -  25th November 2011
View Catalogue


The White Stag Group
Wednesday 19th October -  Friday 4th November 2011
View Catalogue

For those interested in further information on Basil Rackoczi, please click here for two essays provided by the artists Grandson Christopher.


Martin MacKeown - A Forgotten Painter
Thursday 15th September - Friday 7th October
View Catalogue


A Celebration of Irish Art and Modernism
16th June - 3rd September
View Catalogue


Ulster Artists at the AVA Gallery, 2011
February 1st - May 6th 2011
View Catalogue


Martin Mooney - New Works
December 2nd - 17th 2010
View Catalogue


The French Connection
August 16th - September 3rd 2010
View Catalogue


Ulster Artists at the AVA Gallery, 2010
April 15th - 29th 2010
View Catalogue


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