To avoid auction rush, you may prefer to leave an absentee bid. You can enter the maximum amount you are willing to bid at once. The system will bid for you until your maximum bid is reached, winning the lot at the lowest price necessary to beat your competitors. This maximum amount is only visible to you. Lots with bidding activity in the last five minutes before closing will be automatically extended for another five minutes. This ensures a fair auction for everyone. Please note that our auctions are online only, unless stated otherwise.
Bids are raised by fixed increments. Up to €100 the increment is €5, from €100 to €200 the increment is €10, from €200 to €300 the increment is €20, from €300 to €500 the increment is €25, from €500 to €1.000 the increment is €50, from €1.000 to €2.000 the increment is €100, from €2.000 to €5.000 the increment is €200, from €5.000 to €10.000 the increment is €500, and from €10.000 upwards the increment is €1.000.
How much is the buyer’s premium?
Winning bidders pay a buyer’s premium of 24.2% including all taxes up to and including € 250,000; and 18.15% including tax of the portion of the hammer price above € 250,000, plus the 3% transaction fee charged by Invaluable when bidding online. The auction margin scheme applies to all lots, unless stated otherwise.
Can I bid by telephone?
It is not possible to bid by telephone. Should you experience any problems with bidding online, please contact us and we will find a solution.
Can I see the works before the auction?
Yes, all pieces can be viewed during our viewing days or on request. We organise the viewing days shortly before the auction in Amsterdam. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you will automatically receive an invitation.
Can I cancel my bid?
Yes, up until two hours prior to the auction’s first lot end time. Please note that you can cancel a maximum of three bids per auction session. You can check and manage your bids on Invaluable via 'My bids'. The hammer price is final and non-negotiable. The sale is binding.
What guarantee do I have as a buyer?
We guarantee authenticity of all lots sold in our auction. If an authentication error occurs, we will refund the purchase price paid by you. Moreover, a lot may be returned – in the same condition – if any serious defect not mentioned in the catalogue is found (see Terms & Conditions).
What are the payment options?
Invoices are sent to the winning bidders per email directly after the auction. You can make a bank transfer (IBAN: NL71INGB0654213593 in the name of Adams Amsterdam Auctions) or pay by debit card or in cash in our office. Please note that we can only accept cash amounts up to €3.000. Payments by credit card are also possible but are subject to a 4% surcharge on the total invoice amount up to €1.000, on invoices from €1.000 to €2.000 the surcharge is 3% while on amounts exceeding €2.000 a surcharge of 2,5% is applicable.
How can I verify my account on Invaluable?
Due to the new anti-money laundering directive, bidders are required to verify their accounts through Invaluable if looking to leave a bid of more than €7.500 (This is accumulative over a sale). Please ensure that you complete this process before the sale, so that your limit is not restricted. Click on the following link and verify your identity: https://invaluable.com/my-account/verify. Once you verify your account you will not have to do this again via the site for any future auctions.
Where can I collect my artwork?
You can collect your purchases by appointment per email on working days from 10.00 to 17.00 CET at Adams, Herengracht 458 (ground floor), Amsterdam. Please email us to inform us about your visit.
How can I request shipping?
In case you require shipping, send us an email. The shipping costs vary depending on the size, destination and value of the work, amongst other factors.
How are items valued?
Items are initially appraised by specialists based on the image and short description you submitted. The auction estimate we provide is an indication of the price we expect for the item to fetch at auction. It is based on the current market situation and recent auction results for similar work and does not take into account the amount the item has been valued or purchased for in the past. Appraisal is free of charge. The physical assessment takes place after the delivery of the artworks and documents and is carried out at our office. You will then receive a final estimate, after which all amounts, including the starting bid, will be recorded in the consignment contract.
Where and when should I deliver my consignment?
Items can be delivered on working days from 10.00 to 17.00 CET at Adams, Herengracht 458 (ground floor), Amsterdam. To inform us about the time of your visit, please send us an email.
How much is the commission?
Our commission is between 10 – 25% of the hammer price depending on the estimated value of the whole consignment. The commission covers all the costs including professional expertise, photography, research and cataloguing, as well as promotion and presentation during the viewing day. All further charges are to be borne by us, with the exception of insurance and storage costs (1%). If the item remains unsold, you do not pay anything.
Can I set a minimum price?
As the owner of the item, you have the full right to decide on the minimum price you want to sell it for, or in other words, the starting bid. As the seller, we will then consider if it is sensible to offer the item for it. Minimum prices are always set below the auction estimate.
How can I follow the sale?
You will receive a notification as soon as the auction is online. From this moment on you can find a link to the catalogue on our website. The easiest way to find your consignment is to enter the name of the artist in the search box.
Can I cancel the sale after the auction?
No, the hammer price is binding for all parties. With the consignment contract, you grant us the right to sell your consignment according to the agreements contained therein.
Where can I see the sale results?
Our auction results can be found on Artprice, Mutual Art and Invaluable. Prior to the bank transfer, consignors receive a net return specification based on the auction and aftersale results.