About Us

Adams is an innovative, dynamic auction house with a specialization in modern art, avant-garde, rare books & prints, and photography. Focusing on themed auctions dedicated to a single art collection, we strive to create unique, personal and compelling auction events.  Twice a year, in June and in December, we also hold diverse multi-consignor auctions in cooperation with the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. We are always open for consignments be it a single item or an entire collection.

Recent Highlights

Since its foundation in 2009, Adams has conducted quite a few extraordinary sales. Recently we have organized an auction of more than 500 pieces from the estate of Frans Molenaar - Holland's most famous fashion designer, who was a passionate collector of art and design. The auction was a great success, attracting a lot of media attention and gaining 3,5 times more than estimated.

An important sale of fine and rare books, ‘Books from the Castle of Rosendael, from the Collections of Van Hulthem, Talleyrand, Masséna and other great properties’, was held in March 2015. The greater part of the collection came from the noble family that owned the castle of Rosendael (the Netherlands) and the eldest books had been in the same hands for over 400 years!

Supporting a literature project, Adams also held a charity auction for the biography of Boudewijn Büch. Moreover, we conducted sales from the private archives of the Dutch photographers Nico Koster and Vincent Mentzel as well as an auction of more than 1000 private belongings of the famous Dutch writer and painter Jan Cremer. The sale of the manuscript of his legendary novel ‘Ik Jan Cremer’ was broadcasted live on television. Other important pieces sold by Adams include the Blaeu town atlas for € 340.000 and Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) in Amsterdam for € 6.000.000.

Auction Stories

Emo Verkerk sells for record price at NRC auction

A portrait of Gerard Reve by Emo Verkerk was sold for almost € 18.500 (incl. auction costs and droit de suite) at the 6th NRC auction in December 2016 - setting the record price for the artist. The portrait was a gift to the previous owner from Joop Schafthuizen. It's widely known that Gerard Reve was responsible for the liberation of many ...
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Hugo Claus’ mythical Love Song

"Taller than a man": there is one work in the immense legacy of Hugo Claus that even the most passionate collector will never capture: Love Song. This mythic book was planned to be the largest book on earth but was never published, although a life-size dummy was presented in New York and Amsterdam and it ...
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A set of La Dolce Vita by Adams Amsterdam Auctions

Adams Amsterdam Auctions presents its new sale of Photography with a selection of more than 200 photographs by leading artists, most of which are signed, often vintage and printed in small editions. Besides Dutch masters such as Piet Zwart, Ata Kando, Ed van der Elsken, Rineke Dijkstra, Erwin Olaf and Desiree Dolron we offer works ...
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Adams sells the manuscript of the novel ‘I Jan Cremer’

Adams sold the manuscript of the novel I Jan Cremer (1964) to the Dutch Literary Museum - for the highest price ever paid for a Dutch manuscript! This bestseller occupies a unique place within Dutch culture. It is recognised as a landmark in the transition from the '50s and the '60s. The manuscript was sold ...
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Sale of the canal house Herengracht 386

In 2009 Adams sold Herengracht 386. This canal mansion was built in the 17th century by Philips Vingboons, Amsterdam's most important architect during the Golden Age. Auctioning the canal mansion as a piece of art has drawn worldwide publicity. In the years following the auction the ‘city palace’ was turned into a museum on the history ...
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Jan Cremer: De gil na morgen (1958)

De gil na morgen (1958) – Leaf through a highlight from our past auction ‘Full Disclosure: The Art and Life (and Loves) of Jan Cremer’ Description: CREMER, Jan. De gil na morgen. ‘n bundel litho’s met tekst van Jan Cremer. [1958]. Orig. stapled wrappers with 21 original gouaches on paper. With hand painted title, 2 ...
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In June 2013 Adams sold the archive of Jan Cremer. The auction was online - but what does Cremer actually think about the internet? This short video by Klaas Koppe gives an answer.