Private Sales

Marked by discretion and flexibility, Freeman's team of specialists works one-on-one with our clients to offer confidential advice and strategies in the sale of a specific piece of art or large collection.

Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of items does Freeman’s sell privately?
Freeman’s offers private sales in all the categories in which we also conduct auctions. For fine works of art these include American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and sculpture, Modern & Contemporary Art, European Art & Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture. For fine furniture, antiques and decorative arts Freeman's sells items from American, European, Asian, Russian & Middle Eastern markets.  Freeman's also specializes in the private sale of jewelry, gems and watches from all major designers and periods. All private sale inquiries are treated with the utmost privacy and confidentiality. Please note that Freeman’s minimum consignment value for private sale is $50,000. 

What are the advantages of selling privately?
First and foremost, discretion is the hallmark of a private sale. In addition, Freeman’s conducts private sales year round which enables a flexible and often expedited timeline for a sale to occur, and is not bound by the traditional auction calendar.

How does Freeman’s determine whether a private sale or an auction is the best way to sell my property?
Proceeding an examination and analysis of your property by a specialist at Freeman’s, we will work one-on-one with you to determine the best method of selling your property based on your specific goals and needs. Our specialists will formulate a targeted approach for you in conjunction with current market and global insights to ensure the best course of action. All matters regarding the sale will be handled with absolute privacy and confidentiality. 

How will you find a buyer for my property?
When you engage Freeman’s for a private sale, we will present you with an agreement outlining our exclusive right to offer the work for a specified period of time. We do our utmost to quickly and discreetly find the right buyer for your property, taking into consideration the current market demand for your object.

How can I view works currently on sale?
You may contact the most relevant Freeman’s specialist to discuss works currently available for private sale that may fit within your collecting interests.

Can you help me acquire a specific work of art?
Freeman’s maintains important relationships with a network of collectors, dealers and experts across the globe and we will work alongside them to procure works of art on your behalf.

How does discretion differ in a private sale versus at auction?
All information in a private sale regarding both the buyer and seller will be kept strictly confidential unless express permission is granted otherwise.


For more information, please contact:

Thomas B. McCabe IV | Senior Vice President

Freeman’s private sales team will work one on one with our clients offering confidential advice and strategies in the sale of specific piece of art or large collections.

For further information and confidential advice

Thomas B. McCabe IV
Senior Vice President



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