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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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 was 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.

€3.5m deal struck for Easter Rising documents

28 August 2007

DUBLIN auctioneers James Adam have negotiated a €3.5m (£2.4m) sale of remarkable papers setting a record for a single transaction of documents relating to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Dublin double

30 April 2007

Dublin fine art auctioneers James Adam’s are to join forces with premier bloodstock sales company, Goffs, to host Ireland’s first specialist sporting sale in October.

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Condition and colour help table to €180,000

22 May 2006

The ownership of this c.1760 Irish mahogany side table was traced by the late Sir Charles Brett, a prominent Ulster attorney and leading Irish historian, to his descendent Charles Brett of Belfast (1752-1829). He was a wine merchant in Belfast and Bordeaux in the 1780s and his many business concerns included interests in the Belfast Glass Works, Distillery, Chamber of Commerce and Shipping.

HOK leave Dublin market to Adam’s

09 August 2005

Strengthening their position as Ireland’s largest auction house, James Adam & Sons have been assigned the fine art business of major Dublin rival and property giant Hamilton Osborne King.

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