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

Featured in The New York Times: Books by Barack Obama sr.

AMSTERDAM — In the late 1950s, a young Kenyan man named Barack Hussein Obama wrote a series of books in his native language, Luo, for a program to promote adult literacy in Africa. The coordinator of that program, Elizabeth Mooney, singled him out as particularly talented, and helped him apply to an international study program ...
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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.

 

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)