Freeman's Auction

Freeman's Announces Management Buyout

Philadelphia, PA (March 9, 2016) Samuel M. “Beau” Freeman, II today announced that agreements have been signed that will transfer the controlling interest in Freeman’s, the country’s oldest auction house, to the current management team of Hanna Dougher, Chief Operating Officer; Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chairman; and Paul Roberts, President. The Freeman family will maintain a minority interest in the company and Beau Freeman will continue in his role of Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Robert E. Lee’s “General Order No. 9” Coming Up at Freeman’s

By David Bloom—General Robert E. Lee’s order of surrender to the Army of Northern Virginia was written and issued on April 10, 1865, the day after his meeting at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, with General Ulysses S. Grant. It was where the terms of surrender had been agreed upon to effectively end the American Civil War.

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.

Auction Record for Asher B. Durand at Freeman’s

December 2, 2012 (Philadelphia, Pa) - Discovery and exploration are prevalent themes of Hudson River school artists and of today's auction, Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture, at Freeman's. The top lot, Asher B. Durand's (1796-1886) ethereal painting simply titled "Landscape" (illustrated above), generated significant interest since its publication in Freeman's catalogue and was chased by bidders on the phone and in the room. Its final price of $386,500 is an auction record for Durand, one of the notable Hudson River School artists.

Thomas Edison’s Last Notebook For Sale at Freeman’s

(Philadelphia, Pa) — September 12, 2012 — Among the exquisite treasures on the block next week at Freeman's Auction are  the last experimental work in the career of Thomas Alva Edison, America's quintessential inventor—a scientific journal, penned and illustrated in his own hand; and among the most fascinating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscripts—his Final Farewell to Sherlock Holmes.