Auctions | March 21, 2014

Moe Septee Collection of Musical Autographs to Headline Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction

Philadelphia, PA—March 18, 2014—Freeman’s April 10 auction of Rare Books & Manuscripts features an outstanding collection of autographs from the collection of Moe Septee, founder of the Philly Pops Orchestra. Janice Joplin, Rudolph Nureyev, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Jacqueline du Pré, George Balanchine are just a few of the rock n’ roll, musical theatre, opera, classical music and dance luminaries represented in this unique and personal collection.

Moe Septee was not just the founder of the Philly Pops, but is also credited with breathing new life into Philadelphia’s theatre community. In addition to staging showcase Broadway productions and a number of operas and musicals, he also promoted summer pop and rock concerts in Asbury Park, NJ between 1961 and 1972, engaging and supporting ground-breaking rock performances of the period, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin.  Septee died in Philadelphia at the age of 71 in 1997.  Freeman’s is proud to offer his collection of hundreds of autographed photos, each warmly inscribed by some of the most glamorous of performers and composers of the 20th century.

The April 11 auction for Posters, Maps & Other Graphics features a wide variety of offerings including a lithographic posters from famed print makers Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Jules Cheret, as well as topographical materials such as a late 18th century American military pocket atlas  of the British Colonies.

Exhibition for both the Rare Books & Manuscripts and Posters, Maps & Other Graphics begins on Monday, April 7 at 10am.  For more information about the auctions, please contact David Bloom at 267.414.1247 or Christiana Scavuzzo at 267.414.1247 or [email protected]

About Freeman's:  Established in 1805, Freeman's has preserved its family business and traditions, while adapting to maintain its position in today's thriving art market. Located in Philadelphia, Freeman's holds more than 30 auctions a year in the following categories: American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts; English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts; Asian Arts; American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists; Modern & Contemporary Art; Photographs & Photobooks; Rare Books, Maps & Manuscripts; Posters & Other Graphics; Oriental Rugs, Carpets & Textiles; Fine Jewelry& Watches; Silver & Objets de Vertu; and European Art & Old Masters. The company's marketing alliance with Scotland's Lyon & Turnbull has extended Freeman's reach into the European marketplace. Additionally, Freeman's offers Trusts & Estates and Museum Services.