Freeman's

Freeman’s was founded as a family run business in 1805 and refers to itself as the oldest auction house in the US.

Freeman’s headquarters are in Philadelphia and they hold about 30 auctions in areas such as fine art, jewellery, furniture, antiques and books.

The firm has a marketing alliance with Lyon & Turnbull of the UK.


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New auction formats and salerooms - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

17 September 2019

Industry news from across the auction houses and dealers.

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The international dimension and Scottish connections at Freeman's

16 September 2019

Freeman’s enjoys a strong Scottish connection, embodied in the firm’s current chairman, Edinburgh-born Alasdair Nichol, whose accent has diluted not one jot in the 25 years he has lived and worked in the US.

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Big in America: Regional auction houses’ latest moves lead our market review

16 September 2019

In the US (the world’s single biggest art market) just like in the UK (the world’s second largest), positives have been taken from the much-documented changing focus of the international auction houses.

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Freeman’s new premises underlines vision for firm's future in Philadelphia says chairman

16 September 2019

After more than 210 years in business, Freeman’s of Philadelphia can claim a long and distinguished history in a changing US market. Its latest move – a physical one – underscores the firm’s future, chairman Alasdair Nichol tells ATG

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Freeman’s of Philadelphia moves to modern salerooms

14 September 2019

America’s venerable auction house is relocating to contemporary gallery and auction room space.

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From Doncaster to Philadelphia: 18th century racing trophy offered at Freemans

10 June 2019

This silver-gilt Doncaster Cup racing trophy has hallmarks for Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp for 1767.

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Micromosaic panels in two US auctions

13 May 2019

These two 19th century micromosaic panels feature in different US auctions this month.

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Hollywood talent agent Jeff Hunter's collection produces a white-glove sale

01 April 2019

It was a white-glove result for the 49-lot auction of the collection of Jeff Hunter offered by Freeman’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Philadelphia on March 13.

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Rare Flemish Old Master sells for more than $2m at auction in Philadelphia as Freeman's confirm premises move

01 March 2019

A total of 18 phones competed for a rare devotional painting offered by a New York institution at Freeman’s in Philadelphia this week.

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Antiquities with a touch of Hollywood to be sold at Philadelphia sale

18 February 2019

A 49-lot sale of antiquities, Asian and tribal art from the collection of New York and Hollywood talent agent Jeff Hunter goes under the hammer at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on March 13.

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Rare Old Master draws admirers ahead of Philadelphia auction

08 February 2019

A New York institution has consigned an intriguing Netherlandish devotional painting to Freeman’s sale in Philadelphia on February 27.

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Select 44-lot grouping of paintings covers 500 years of art

04 February 2019

A small but select auction of just 44 lots of paintings spanning 500 years from Old Masters to 20th century works will go under the hammer at Freeman’s on February 27.

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Posthumous Pulitzer winner

22 October 2018

Eleven years after John Kennedy Toole committed suicide, fellow writer Walker Percy was the man who ensured that his only book, A Confederacy of Dunces, finally got into print.

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Opportunities abound for buying traditional European art and antiques in the US

17 September 2018

Following more than a century of art market activity, opportunities now abound to buy traditional European art and antiques in the US

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Hamilton collection proves near sell-out in Philadelphia saleroom

14 May 2018

Unusual in the post-internet age, Freeman’s first-floor gallery in downtown Philadelphia was standing room-only for the April 29 auction of the collection of Dorrance ‘Dodo’ Hill Hamilton (1928-2017).

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Perfect look for the Florida beach house

14 May 2018

If pictures provided the backbone of the Dodo Hamilton collection, then there was no denying the sale’s most popular entries: a large selection of polychrome painted rattan and wicker conservatory furniture, perfect for the Florida beach house.

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Famous names of British photography come to auction in Philadelphia

26 April 2018

Included in Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art auction in Philadelphia will be 32 lots of photographs by some of the best known names in British photography.

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Salerooms beyond the ‘big three’ look to gain from Asian focus

05 March 2018

As well as the ‘big three’, a clutch of other US salerooms will be holding specialist Asian art sales in mid March.

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Philanthropist’s Paul Cézanne oil up for sale at Freeman’s auction

22 January 2018

London is to host a viewing of a small oil painting by Paul Cézanne ahead of its sale in the US.

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Cézanne painting comes to London ahead of US auction

19 January 2018

A small oil by Paul Cézanne, valued at $1.2m-1.8m, will be on view in London later this month.

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