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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Questions of land and power in the early days of the US

16 May 2022

An historically significant document dating from 1785 and a previously unrecorded campaign handbill concerning the election that saw Thomas Jefferson become the third US president were highlights of a February 17 sale at Freeman’s (26/20/12% buyer’s premium).

Woolley & Wallis

New appointments and premises across the world of art and antiques

10 May 2022

New faces at Woolley & Wallis, Runjeet Singh and Freeman’s are among the latest Movers & Shakers.

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New appointments at international auction houses including Bonhams new managing director in Asia

04 April 2022

A round up of the latest announcements of new roles and moves.

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Tsar's gift to Philadelphia doctor to be sold at Freeman’s

14 February 2022

This cloisonné and plique à jour enamel silver presentation tankard will be one of the highlights of the Gilded Age auction at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on February 24.

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Latest appointments at Sotheby's, Phillips and Freeman's

24 January 2022

Phillips has appointed Jean-Paul Engelen to the newly created role of president, Americas. In addition, he will continue as worldwide co-head of 20th century and Contemporary art.

Kinghams

New hires and salerooms – a round up of Movers and Shakers in the UK, US and China

11 January 2022

The latest jobs news across the world of art and antiques.

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Presidential importance boosts US lots

22 November 2021

Running to just 20 or so words, a tiny signed card in which Abraham Lincoln instructs Edwin Stanton to meet with the African-American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany in Washington led the bidding at Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) on September 23.

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Alexander Hamilton fascination

11 October 2021

On October 25 Philadelphia firm Freeman’s will offer the Alexander Hamilton collection of John E Herzog.

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Latest international auction house appointments

11 October 2021

A look at recent new roles across salerooms.

Chiswick

Joiners across auction houses and dealers – hires and appointments

30 September 2021

The latest updates on Movers & Shakers in the art and antiques sector

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See what toucan do even with damage

26 July 2021

Toucans were the avian best-sellers in a recent sale held by Freeman’s (26/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

Pick of the week: Philadelphia to Scotland and back again at $3.7m

05 July 2021

Charles Carroll’s printed copy of the Declaration of Independence – discovered earlier this year in a Scottish family home – sold at auction in Philadelphia for $3.7m (£2.85m) plus premium.

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Copy of the Declaration of Independence unearthed in Scotland heads to Philadelphia auction

21 June 2021

In 1820 the then US Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned William J Stone to produce a facsimile of the original 'Declaration of Independence'.

Dr Philip Errington

Industry updates: New hires across UK dealers and US auction houses

02 June 2021

Among the latest Movers & Shakers is a new hire at book dealer Peter Harrington.

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Draft of letter at Philadelphia auction shows Churchill’s dilemma over JFK offer

10 May 2021

This typewritten draft of a letter from President Kennedy to Winston Churchill, with annotated amendments by JFK, will feature in the auction of Books and Manuscripts to be held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia on May 20.

Kinghams

New home for a ceramics specialist and a new face at Freeman’s

17 April 2021

A new home and name for a Gloucestershire auction house is among the latest updates in the art and antiques sector.

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Sale explores early America

15 March 2021

Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.

White Interior picture by Carl Moll

The $4m house record for Vienna Secession picture

01 March 2021

An evocative interior scene by one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement set a landmark price at Freeman’s of Philadelphia.

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Moll’s interior scene consigned to Freeman’s

18 January 2021

Carl Moll (1861-1945) was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement. On February 23 in its sale of European Art and Old Masters, Freeman’s of Philadelphia will offer a painting by him that has been in the same family since it was acquired in Germany in the early 1920s.

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Very earliest Christmas Carol sold in Philadelphia

18 January 2021

There were, inevitably, a few copies of Charles Dickens’ much-loved tale, 'A Christmas Carol', on offer at auction as the big day approached.

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