Modern and Contemporary Art 

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In recent years, Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art department has enjoyed notable successes with modernist icons Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, mid-century Abstract Expressionists Richard Poussette-Dart and Hans Hoffman, as well as Pop Artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, among many others. Our carefully curated and highly researched sales have presented special works, often hidden for years in private collections, that have fetched strong prices including rare works on paper by Clyfford Still and Zao Wou-Ki, and sculptures by Lynn Chadwick and Henry Moore.

Freeman’s also excels at presenting single-owner collections such as Pop Prints from the Collection of Robert J. Morrison offered in 2019 which was 100% sold and achieved $1.2 million, doubling its pre-sale low estimate total, or a collection of CoBrA and other modernist drawings and paintings from The Collection of Dr. Henry and Mrs. Fanny Levine, a sale that achieved $948,000 in October of 2020, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate. The department hold two auctions annually, in May and November.

Our most recent auction of Modern & Contemporary Art achieved over $1.8 million in just 54 lots, with all but one lot selling. In the past year, the department has maintained an average sell-through rate of 97.5%.

 

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Records and Results

The Collection of Robert J. Morrison exhibition

The Collection of Robert J. Morrison

October 30, 2019

Freeman’s was honored to present works from the estate of distinguished Philadelphia collector and philanthropist Robert J. Morrison in a single-owner sale that celebrated his passionate connoisseurship. Comprised primarily of works by Pop art luminaries Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the Collection also included prints and multiples by Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine and others. The sale was accompanied by a catalogue of thoroughly researched essays and personal tributes, as well as an expertly hung exhibition that drew large crowds of notable collectors from our area and beyond. As a result of the bespoke marketing approach taken by Freeman’s, the auction was 100% sold and it more than doubled its pre-sale estimate. The packed saleroom and exceptional results were a testament to Morrison’s legacy and affirmed Freeman’s expertise in presenting such collections for sale.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 100%
Pre-sale low Estimate: $668,000
result: $1.5M
18 Works from the Bachman Collection exhibition

18 Works from the Bachman Collection

June 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, Freeman’s offered 18 Works from the Bachman Collection - a thoughtfully curated group of paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the Boca Raton Estate of Gilbert and Lee Bachman. Freeman’s successfully spotlit and devoted due attention to each work through highly targeted marketing and personal outreach, a custom-designed catalogue, and an exhibition with dramatic lighting. The single-owner sale ultimately totaled more than $2,100,000 and attracted considerable international attention, with buyers from Norway, Switzerland, Greece, France, and Italy, as well as from across the United States. Strong prices were achieved for major works by Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, and Fernando Botero, among others.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 89%
Pre-sale low Estimate: $1.6M
result: $2.1M

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Alasdair Nichol

Chairman | Head of Fine Art

267.414.1211

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David Weiss

 

David Weiss

SVP | Senior Specialist | Head of Sale

267.414.1214

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Adam Veil

VP, Business Development | Specialist

267.414.1221

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Raphaël Chatroux

Specialist

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Lauren Colavita

Associate Specialist | Cataloguer

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Adrianne Wolkenberg

 

Adrianne Wolkenberg

Business Manager

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Olivia Zvara

 

Olivia Zvara

Junior Specialist | Cataloguer 

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Adam Hutler

 

Adam Hutler

Registrar

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News

 

 

08/20/2021    

Property from the Estate of Gabriele Lee

A fine selection from one of Philadelphia's cultural champions

07/16/2021    

Freeman’s Spring/Summer 2021 Season Builds on its Successes to Shatter Auction Records

A look back on this season's auction highlights

07/08/2021    

Freeman’s to Sell Important Private Collection of Sculptures by François-Xavier Lalanne

Featured in November Modern and Contemporary Art Auction

05/13/2021    

Freeman's Modern and Contemporary Art Auction Achieves $1.8M in Impressive Sale

Underscoring the market demand for works by women artists

05/05/2021    

Discover Ballet's Influence on Modern and Contemporary Art

Edgar Degas, Jean Cocteau, Yves Saint Laurent, and more

04/29/2021    

How to Collect Modern and Contemporary Art: Your Guide to Upcoming Highlights

Warhol, Pettibone, Houser and Otterness

04/20/2021    

William Kentridge's 'Sleeper Red'

An etching from the artist's 'Sleeper Series'

11/20/2020    

Modern & Contemporary Auction Realizes $2.7M

Exceeding Pre-Sale High Estimate & Achieving Multiple Record Prices

10/23/2020    

Collection of Dr. Henry & Mrs. Fannie Levine Achieves Just Under $1 Million and a 100% Sell-Through

Single-owner auction of prominent Philadelphians surpasses pre-sale estimate

09/21/2020    

Freeman's Presents: The Collection of Dr. Henry & Mrs. Fannie Levine

Learn more about a prominent Philadelphia collection

08/29/2020    

A Legacy of Discovery

The Collection of Dr. Henry & Mrs. Fannie Levine

03/06/2020    

The Scent of All Paradoxes: Andy Warhol's Chanel