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, usually 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

Past Auctions

Since its foundation in 2009, Adams has conducted quite a few extraordinary sales. In 2015 we carried out a sale of more than 500 pieces from the estate of Frans Molenaar - the most famous Dutch fashion designer, who also was a passionate collector of art and design. This auction was extensively covered in the media and raised 3.5 times more than initially estimated. In 2018 we organised two commemorative auctions - 70 years of COBRA and a tribute to the recently deceased Co Westerik. Moreover, we conducted specialist auctions from the private archives of the Dutch photographers Nico Koster and Vincent Mentzel as well as a sale of more than 800 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.

Since 2018 we have been focusing on fine art multi-consignor auctions combining works by international and Dutch artists from such categories as photography, painting, sculpture, and applied arts. Our collaborative project with the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad is a tremendous success which allowed us to reach all the more art lovers in the Netherlands. The last edition of NRC Veilingen “From the Magical Sixties to Helene Kröller-Müller’s Undiscovered Treasures” was a great success with the highest sales results ever and a sales percentage of over 97%.

Auction Stories

Photographs at Auction : From Eva Besnyö’s Little boy with cello to the Mortuary from Damien Hirst

On December 14th and 15th, Adams Amsterdam Auctions will hold two sales with outstanding photographs: December 14th : Fine Art & Aboriginal Art – 238 Lots December 15th : Modern & Contemporary Art – 255 lots Auctions close at 6.30 PM (CET) One of the most iconic images of Dutch Photography comes from the Hungarian-born ...
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Painting from thrift store brings € 30,000 at auction

A painting purchased at a thrift store was sold for more than € 30,000 on Monday. Seller Henk Laarman had previously bought the artwork for € 75. It is a pointillist painting by Johan Aarts (1871-1934), which means that the image is formed by dots of colour. It was recognized as a valuable art piece by an expert from ...
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NRC VEILINGEN 10 ! An unexpectedly lavish anniversary auction

Readers of a quality newspaper also want quality on the wall. That was the idea behind the concept of NRC Veilingen almost five years ago. But who could have thought that we could offer so much quality in our tenth auction? A stunning painting by Carel Willink, two La Fargues with impeccable provenance to the Princes of Rostov ...
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Auction record for Floris Verster

Once € 40,000 was paid for a painting by Floris Verster. Now this result is in the past. At a recent NRC auction of 11 June the bidding ended at € 72,500 (incl. costs, hammer price € 57,000), and this time for a wax crayon drawing with a starting bid of € 10,000. Het Warmonderhek, ...
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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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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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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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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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First NRC auction of books and prints

The sale of books, maps & manuscripts, selected from more than 2000 consignments by readers of the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, was a great success. Bidding for some of the lots resulted in a fierce battle. For example, a score of 10-year-old Mozart went 60 times higher than the starting bid, from € 100 to € 6.000 ...
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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.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of our pre-auction research:  the making of 3D scans of an original plaster model of The Destroyed City by Ossip Zadkine. The research done by Vivianne Veenemans and Tony Beentjes helped us prove the authenticity of the sculpture as well as its initial position in the genesis of Zadkine’s magnum opus. As a result, the Musée Zadkine decided to officially add the sculpture, previously unknown to them, to the artist's oeuvre.

Auctioneer Piet van Winden talking about the highlights of the 10th NRC Anniversary Auction (3 & 4 December 2018)

Auctioneer Piet van Winden talking about the highlights of the 10th NRC Anniversary Auction (3 & 4 December 2018)