Why Choose Adam's

Who we are:

Adam's, founded in 1887, are Ireland's leading Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers. Our name is synonymous with the buying, selling and valuing of art, antiques and the decorative arts in Ireland. We are the number one firm, worldwide for the expert valuation and sale of Irish Art, having achieved many significant Irish and world record prices. We are proud of our close and friendly relationship with our clientele and as a privately held company, can offer flexible and competitive terms. Today, Adams is one of the fastest growing companies in its field, offering a service of distinction as Ireland's principal auction house.


Our Services

Adam's has developed its expertise in many fields and currently offers specialist auction sales in the following areas:

  • Important Irish Art
  • Fine Period Furniture & Decorative Arts
  • Irish Historical Artefacts, Memorabilia and Militaria
  • Fine Jewellery & Watches
  • Vintage Wine Sales
  • On the Premises Sales


We also offer a comprehensive, professional and discreet valuation service providing expert appraisal for market value, insurance, probate and family division. Please see the relevant department's pages for more information.


Our people

Adams dedicated team of professionals and consultants are expert at the appraisal and sale of your most valued possessions. Our academically qualified team includes two recent former Presidents of the IAVI, now the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. We guarantee a personal service that can help you through the entire valuation and auction process from start to finish.


Our Salerooms

Adam's Salerooms is a landmark on St Stephen's Green in the heart of Dublin city. We handle and exhibit your property in a modern saleroom where everything is laid out with an eye to making your property look it's best. We also have a gallery space at The Ava Gallery on the Clandeboye Estate in Northern Ireland where we regularly exhibit and promote sale highlights as well as catering directly to our Northern Ireland clients.


Our Catalogues

We promote and market your property by way of beautifully illustrated auction catalogues which are distributed to our domestic and international client base as well as hosting our catalogues live and fully downloadable via the internet. Adam's now boasts its very own auction App which enhances the delivery and viewing pleasure of our auction catalogues to a mobile device as well as hosting our catalogues with all the major global auction platforms which increase the search ability of our auction lots to thousands of potential buyers.


Our global audience

Adam's broadcast most auctions live over the internet which brings the global auction world to our salerooms via the click of a mouse. Customers can now browse, bid and buy from the comfort of their own home and still get to experience the thrill of the auction with live audio and video feeds.


Our Standards

We are fully regulated and bonded as members of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, formerly the IAVI (Irish Auctioneers & Valuers Institute) and the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and as such subscribe to the highest ethical and professional standards.

We welcome the opportunity of advising you on selling at Adams. With well over a century of experience in the sale and valuation of fine art, antiques and collectibles, we are Ireland's prime house of choice for sellers worldwide.

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 info@adams.ie or via our web site www.adams.ie



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


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