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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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