Private and Corporate Collections

Freeman’s Collections team acts as a dedicated contact for private collectors, advisors, fiduciaries, and family offices seeking guidance and assistance with the pricing, buying, and selling of works for large, multi-category collections. 

 

Whether amassed over a few short years or a lifetime, Freeman’s Collections team works closely with our clients to intimately understand their collection and ultimately determine the best sales and marketing strategies to maximize returns. We provide guidance throughout the process and streamline the management of collections, working across more than 30 areas of specialization, including fine art, decorative arts, jewelry, books, and more. 

 

Single-Owner Auctions

 

Freeman’s considers the successful sales of single-owner collections to be one of our strongest achievements.

With 23 single-owner selling events totaling over $31M since 2010, we pride ourselves in our ability to not only weigh the essential components of value, but also in our ability to understand, appreciate, and strategically leverage the unique narrative associated with each collection. In recent years, we have been entrusted with the sale of rare and important works across all collecting categories, achieving exceptional sell-through rates and exceeding pre-sale estimates, with 95% of single-owner collections at Freeman’s achieving a sale result above the high estimate since 2010.

 

Fritz Konig Sculptures

Corporate Collections

 

As Philadelphia’s auction house, Freeman’s works with organizations to maximize value in their corporate collections, while also providing expertise and guidance regarding the intricacies of the art market. Whether interested in acquisitions, market valuations, or selling, Freeman’s Collection’s team provides solutions tailored to the needs of each individual corporation.

 

 

  

   


Whether offered as a dedicated sale or over multiple specialist auctions, each collection receives individualized attention and customized presentation and promotion.

18 Works from The Bachman Collection Exhibition

Notable Single-Owner Successes

The Collection of Robert J. Morrison

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 Estimate: $668,000–1.06M
Result: $1.5M
Across Continents: Property from the Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Alexander Weddell | The Virginia House Museum

Across Continents: Property from the Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Alexander Weddell | The Virginia House Museum

April 10, 2019

Freeman's was proud to offer selected property from the collection of United States Ambassador Alexander Weddell (1876-1948) and his wife Virginia Chase Steedman Weddell (1874-1948), deaccessioned by the Virginia House Museum, in a single-owner sale. The time-capsule collection incorporated art and objects from all over the world, including Spain, Europe, Near & Far East, Britain, and the Americas. This vast collection was held together by the Weddells’ personal story—their shared travels, their love for each other, and their joint passion to collect items with which to furnish their beloved Virginia House in Richmond.  There was spirited bidding throughout the single-owner auction, which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate and to date recorded the highest number of registered bidders for a single auction at Freeman’s.  

 
SELL-THROUGH RATE: 97%
PRE-SALE ESTIMATE: $569,000–864,000
RESULT: $1.5M
The Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton

The Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton 

April 29, 2018

Freeman’s proudly brought to auction the Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton, renowned Philadelphia philanthropist and horticulturist. The single-owner sale of more than 150 lots was led by a rare painting by Paul Cézanne and featured works by Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre Joseph Redouté, Eugène Boudin, and Sir Alfred Munnings, reflected her preference for surrounding herself with what she loved, without concern for trends.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 99%
Pre-sale Estimate: $3,369,750–5,421,250
Result: $6.1M
The George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art

The George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art

March 30, 2014

The painting collection amassed by Pennsylvania businessman George D. Horst hung in a custom built gallery on his estate, unseen by the public for nearly a century. Mr. Horst’s collection reflected his special love for Pennsylvania Impressionists such as Daniel Garber, Edward Willis Redfield, William Lathrop as well as American artists known as “The Ten” such as Childe Hassam and Frank Weston Benson. Other highlights included a magnificent still life by Emil Carlsen, an impressive Jonas Lie, as well as an idyllic George Loftus Noyes landscape - all respective world records for the artists. Overall, the white glove auction auction set world record for 20 artists.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 100%
Pre-sale Estimate: $1,268,800–1,904,200
Result: $4.3M

Contact a Representative

Grace Fitts

 

Grace Fitts

Director | Client Advisory Services

267.414.1254

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Frequently Asked Questions

A great first step is to get in contact with a member of our team to discuss the collection.  Next, it would be helpful to send us photographs (iphone images are great!) as this will help us determine the scope of the collection and the categories covered. This will help in determining next steps.

Freeman’s Collections team takes into consideration the nuances associated with each and every collection, in conjunction with the market in which they exist. Some have a strong narrative weaving a story from object to object, while others works are important and rare when evaluated independently from the overall collection.  The Collections team will work closely with you to determine the best strategy that meets your dispersal needs.

Yes, absolutely.  Freeman’s Collections team takes into consideration the unique situations associated with each collection and will work closely with you to achieve a sale and marketing strategy that meets your needs.