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.


Flemish painting

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.

Master of the Embroidered Foliage painting

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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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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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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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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Mourning jewellery makes sales to remember

20 November 2017

Anita (1930-2015) and Irvin Garfield Schorsch (1927-2014) were not typical Americana collectors.

Purple irises

Three centuries of English works on paper to draw bidders at Freeman’s latest auction

06 September 2017

A sale packed with English works on paper spanning the early 19th to early 21st centuries takes place at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on September 18.

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Obituary: Samuel ‘Beau’ M. Freeman II (1936-2017)

26 June 2017

Samuel Miller Freeman II – known to all as Beau – was a fixture in the Philadelphia auction scene for just shy of six decades.

The SS Jerseymoor, a woodcut by Edward Wadsworth

International previews: Kaplan collection in Pennsylvania

25 March 2017

The diverse collection of Jeffrey M Kaplan is making various appearances under the hammer this spring.

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Coslov majolica collection comes to London

20 August 2014

Highlights from the Coslov collection of English majolica will be on show in London next month prior to their sale at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on October 7.

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Horst’s perfect storm hits Philadelphia

09 May 2014

Alasdair Nichol, picture specialist and vice chairman at Freeman’s of Philadelphia, called the Horst collection “an auctioneer’s perfect storm” – the sale of a previously unknown cache of untouched European and American art exposed to market for the first time in close to a century.

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Chinese and Russian bidders dominate in sellout sale of opulent Pennsylvania collection

17 October 2013

If you delight in the 19th century rococo revival style – playful putti, festoons of ormolu and pastoral vignettes – then the Safford sale held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia was for you.

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Bach portrait unearthed in Alabama makes $100,000 in Philadelphia

01 November 2012

Debate has long surrounded the well-known portrait of composer Johann Sebastian Bach by German court painter and official Leipzig portraitist Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1695-1774).

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