Adam's

James Adam and Sons, trading as Adam’s, are fine art auctioneers in Dublin, Ireland. They hold dedicated sales in specialties such as Irish Art, silver, furniture, vintage wines and modern and contemporary art.

Established in 1887, the auction house also offers valuation services for the purposes of probate and insurance.


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Long tongs pick up impressive result in Irish auction

23 July 2018

These outsize tongs, below, proved the major surprise at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Dublin on June 17.

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Russian items bear up at auction

16 July 2018

Irish silver was popular at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) in June – see ATG next week – and Irish furniture did well enough, with a c.1830 serpentine side table with marble-and-malachite top getting away at €8000 (£7000).

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Sunny outlook for Irish art in Dublin

11 June 2018

John Magnier, the Irish horse breeder and art collector, reportedly made a five-fold return on his Amadeo Modigliani reclining nude when it sold at Sotheby’s New York last month for $139m (£102.2m).

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Female Irish artists pack a punch at auction

11 June 2018

Though their output was dwarfed by their male counterparts, talented 20th century Irish female artists pack a punch in the saleroom when their art does appear at auction.

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Auction house movers and shakers – including Roseberys appointing a former Christie’s specialist

14 May 2018

A look at the latest saleroom appointments, including Roseberys appointing a former director and works of art specialist at Christie’s.

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Movers and shakers: appointments in the auction house world

03 May 2018

A look at the latest moves in the trade.

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Irish art scene hit by shortage of top works

23 October 2017

Since the Celtic Tiger’s demise a decade ago and the tailspin that ensued, the Irish art market has evolved into a more cautious and less speculative beast. The latest round of sales held towards the end of September and into October showed steady (if not spectacular) demand, especially for the big, bankable names.

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Barret makes rare appearance at Irish hall

23 October 2017

Adam’s mammoth annual Country House Collections auction is designed to cater to those with spacious, preferably period, abodes.

Furniture: summer sales indicate some market recovery

21 August 2017

This focus on furniture kicks off with a royal link and three more cheers at summer sales for the furniture market which a number of auctioneers are saying shows modest signs of recovery.

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The Gillian Bowler Irish art collection sells at Adam’s

12 June 2017

A small vibrant work by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) from the collection of Irish art assembled by the late businesswoman Gillian Bowler topped Adam’s sale on May 31.

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Silver standard sets pulses racing at Dublin auction

12 June 2017

Dublin dealer sells an Irish selection as he hands the reins of the shop over to his son.

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Ecce Homo ‘sleeper’ awakened during Lent

24 April 2017

Estimated at £500-800, a small Old Master painting of Christ wearing the crown of thorns drew spectacular competition at Adam’s of Dublin on April 9. It came from an institution in the Irish capital which the saleroom said was “doing some spring cleaning”. It were given the pick of around 100 paintings.

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The 18th century Dublin shines in 21st century sale

18 March 2017

Prints of Dublin as it would have looked in the late 18th century starred in an interiors sale held in the same modern-day city at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium).

Solid annual results for Celtic auctioneers

18 January 2016

Leading auctioneers in Ireland and Scotland enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, year of sales in 2015.

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Portraits produced by a ‘colour-blind’ artist draw bidders at Slane Castle

15 November 2013

One of lots drawing a decent competition at the Adam’s sale at Slane Castle last month was a pair of chalk portraits by Robert Healy (c.1743-71).

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Auctions benefit in both weak and strong economies for 2011

06 February 2012

Dublin fine art auctioneers James Adam believe uncertainty regarding the euro has helped rather than hindered the Irish art market.

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Yeats lifts Irish market with €1m bid

03 October 2011

BECOMING the most expensive painting ever sold in Ireland, A Fair Day, Mayo by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) was knocked down at €1m (£917,430) at Adam's lastest sale in Dublin.

Adam’s take gallery space in Ulster

15 February 2010

DUBLIN auctioneers Adam’s are to open a new office in Northern Ireland – and take over the running of one of the province’s leading commercial galleries.

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Record for Irish sculpture

19 October 2009

IS there still life in the Irish art market? The auction record for a piece of sculpture by an Irish artist was broken at Adam's 140-lot sale of Irish art on October 14.

Adams top the Dublin totals

14 January 2008

Adams of Dublin were once again top of the Irish rooms posting a €19.4m (£14.6m) hammer turnover for 2007.

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