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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.
If you cannot attend an auction in person, Adam's can bid on your behalf, acting upon your instructions to secure lot(s) for you at the lowest possible price, based on the bidding on the day. 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 safe execution.
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 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. The card information supplied is securely stored by Sage Pay. You can leave absentee bids online, and add, edit or amend bids accordingly as well as bidding over the internet in real time through "Adam's Live". You can also view your invoices, bid history, wish lists & other useful functions including paying your invoice and creating you very own personalised catalogue with search tags that will notify you once a catalogue is uploaded for your key word search.
An alternative to written or absentee 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.
For a number of years, Adam's has broadcast all our in-house auctions live over the internet. As of July 2020, Adam’s have launched their own online bidding platform, Adam’s Live. You can bid live by registering for a "My Adam's" account and by signing in during the auction through Adam's Live, which is activated 30 minutes before the auction start time at adams.ie. You will have the ability to follow the Auctioneer in real-time and bid securely. Whether at home or on the move, with Adam's Live you can browse, bid & buy with ease. The platform can be accessed from your mobile, laptop or desktop with no additional internet surcharge. In comparison to other online platforms, the Adam's Live bidders will pay the same buyer’s premium of 25%, as those bidding in the room.
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