Freeman’s, the oldest auction house in the US, was founded as a family run business in 1805 with headquarters in Philadelphia.

It remained in the hands of the Freeman family for six generations until a management buyout in 2016 and established a marketing alliance with Lyon & Turnbull in the UK.

The company later merged with fellow US saleroom Hindman to form Freeman's Hindman with the first sales under the new brand held in early 2024.


Crouching Venus copy makes a stand-out sum

01 July 2024

On the market for the first time in over half a century, a Roman marble copy of the Crouching Venus hammered at $130,000 (£103,000) in the Freeman’s Hindman (27/21/15% buyer’s premium) auction on May 23.


‘One of the grandest’ of all English botanical books blossoms in US

24 June 2024

Near-complete version of a work on a grandiose scale that caused its author’s ruin comes to Chicago saleroom

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Remarkable Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive comes to market

16 January 2024

An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War comes for sale at Freeman's Hindman in Philadelphia.

Gemma Sudlow at Hindman

Chicago auction house Hindman merges with Philadelphia-based Freeman’s

10 January 2024

Chicago auction house Hindman has announced a merger with Philadelphia-based Freeman’s and the opening of a saleroom in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.


Sale underlines stateside popularity of Wedgwood

28 August 2023

Wedgwood has long been such a popular collecting strand in the US that it is no surprise to see quantities reappear on the market at auction, either as mixed-owner consignments or single-owner collections


Washington signature thrills in Philadelphia auction

22 May 2023

One of the more remarkable results of recent weeks came in a May 3 sale at Freeman’s (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia.


Italian attractions in Philadelphia

24 April 2023

This typical genre scene by Italian painter Alessandro Milesi (1856-1945) was taken to a multi-estimate $37,500 (£31,000) at a US auction

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US sales show market mood for English country house furniture

10 April 2023

English furniture highlights from the Fred and Kay Krehbiel Collection sold by Hindman, the estate of Alan and Dianne Kay sold by Freeman’s and the Hyde Park Antiques sale at Sotheby’s, underlined strengths and weaknesses of English country house taste


Wedgwood lights up Freeman’s sale of the Rubin Collection

03 April 2023

American couple amassed an extensive collection from the famous English factory


Time and place for Hemingway

27 February 2023

Inscription signalled one of American literature’s most significant editorial relationships


Bouguereaus double up at US auction

06 February 2023

Works by the married artists both feature in Philadelphia saleroom Freeman's


‘One of the best Wedgwood collections in private hands’

30 January 2023

Freeman’s in Philaldephia is selling the far-reaching Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood across a number of sales.


Washington letters sell but constitution on hold

19 December 2022

“Yesterday put an end to the business of the Federal Convention. Enclosed is a copy of the Constitution it agreed to recommend.”


Puritan work starts to bear fruit in New England

03 October 2022

Very much the star turn in a Philadelphia sale of September 21 was an extremely rare copy of 'New Englands First Fruits…', a small quarto work, running to just 26pp, that was printed and published in London in 1643.


Put some chrome in your home

19 September 2022

Among the pieces included in Freemans’ Art and Design sale is this Womb chair by the Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, a design from 1947-48.


Harvard College makes print debut mention

12 September 2022

Freeman’s September 21 Books and Manuscripts auction, in Pennsylvania is led by an ‘extremely rare’ first edition of 'New Englands First Fruits' (estimate $20,000-30,000), a 1643 account of Puritan evangelisation in New England.


Moves and appointments including Sotheby’s opening a new permanent Monaco gallery

11 July 2022

A round up of recent international moves and appointments

Jewellery team

New faces and galleries – a round up of new hires and developments across the art and antiques sector

28 June 2022

An expanding jewellery team in Staffordshire and a new London managing director for a US auction house feature in our latest round-up of industry news.


Declaration before the declaration

13 June 2022

“Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all Connection between Great Britain, and the American Colonies; and to declare them free and independent States…”

Jo Lloyd

New faces and promotions at Roseberys, Bonhams and Freeman’s  – the latest news from across the art and antiques sector

07 June 2022

Appointments in the UK, Asia and the US are among the latest jobs updates.