Chairman, Head of Fine Art
Alasdair Nichol is Chairman and Director of Fine Art at Freeman’s. After being within the same family for six generations, the company was acquired by Mr. Nichol and two colleagues in a friendly management buy-out in 2016. Alasdair joined Freeman’s in 1999, and as an auctioneer of almost 30 years, has sold many significant collections, including the George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art, and numerous works that set new world auction records. He was instrumental in establishing Freeman’s departmental fine sales and has spearheaded the company’s mission of showcasing single-owner collections. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. He later graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1985, he embarked on his career in the auction world in Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow, where he organized the first sale of Scottish Contemporary Art at the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art. He subsequently moved to a flagship saleroom in London where he specialized in Modern & Impressionist Art before transferring to New York as Head of Fine Art in 1997. Since 1998 he has been a familiar face on the top-rated PBS television program Antiques Roadshow.