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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Wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection in Philadelphia features both popular and less well-known works

26 May 2020

Diligently researched and documented by a local collector, the late William Toplis, a wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection offered by Freeman’s of Philadelphia featured books, manuscripts, artwork and much more besides.

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Meissen Whiplash dinner service catches the eye at Freeman’s

04 May 2020

Freeman’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia opened its latest Design sale with a Meissen Whiplash dinner service designed in 1903-4 by Henry Van de Velde, the Belgian Art Nouveau architect and designer.

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Freeman's flagship gallery off to fine launch

09 March 2020

First auction to be held in Freeman’s new Philadelphia site topped by Degas and Van Gogh

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Boudin down on the farm

10 February 2020

This 14 x 10¾in (35.5 x 27cm) oil on canvas by Eugène Boudin (1824-98) will feature in Freeman’s sale of European Art and Old Masters in Philadelphia on February 18.

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Mark Twain in the frame as carte de visite emerges in Philadelphia

20 January 2020

This carte de visite picturing the author Mark Twain (Samuel L Clemens) is signed and inscribed twice.

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New faces, locations and auction schedules - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

08 January 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including a new joiner at Duke’s and a new saleroom for Elstob & Elstob.

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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.

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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