03 December 2009

Freeman's Auction Preview

Freeman's Christmas Sale Preview

Johann Berthelsen 'Wall Street - Trinity Church' from the Lehman Brother's Collection. Est. $4,000 - $6,000 Sold for $15,000
Edmund Darch Lewis 'Yachts Off Ochre Point, Newport' from the Lehman Brothers Collection. Est. $6,000 - $10,000 Sold for $11,250

Freeman's Third Floor Gallery

Alasdair Nichol's well hung room

Mane-Katz 'Drummer' Est. $2,000 - $3,000 N/S

W. H. Hopkins and E. Howel 'Before The Race' from a private collection. Est. $5,000 - $8,000 Sold for $15,000

Anatole Kovarsky 'Frame Shop' appeared as a New Yorker cover on 6 April 1963. Est. $2,000 - $3,000 N/S

Alexander Stuart 'Steam Sail Off The Jersey Coast' Est. $2,000 - $3,000 Sold for $9,375

Antonio Jacobsen 'Steamship La Gascogne' Est. $8,000 - $12,000 Sold for $11,875

Rolex Oyster Est. $700 - $900 Sold For $850 / 14 karat gold reverse painted cufflinks Est. $500 - $700 Sold for $700

Almost ten years ago I attended my first auction at Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia. The first lot I bid on was a piece of Georg Jensen silver for the Golf Foxtrot. Anxious to win and having no clue about the process - -I was scolded by the auctioneer, Jim Buckley, "Sir, you're bidding against yourself!" I got to know the Freeman's staff well through lunches and parties and it's comforting that many are still here.

The fine art auction is December 6th and the jewelry sale is December 7th. It is their Christmas auction and with no reserves there may be some bargains. Throw them an on line low ball bid and see what happens. Just try not to bid against yourself.


TWA said...

Ahhh I must have the Lewis painting of ochre point! Lets hope I can snag it.

Pigtown*Design said...

There's a great auction in London on the 8th... Audrey Hepburn's things. WOWEE!

M.Lane said...

Man do I love that rolex...it looks like mine with a slightly different face.


heavy tweed jacket said...

The painting 'Wall Street- Trinity Church', if I had an extra $4,000 - $6,000 laying around. The Rolex sounds like a steal at that estimate. Very nice post.

Anonymous said...

Victorian dance hall.

Belle de Ville said...

"Try not to bid against yourself"
Great advice!
More advice...don't forget the buyer's premium.
If you don't find anything for the Golf Foxtrot at the jewlery auction, check out Beladora.com for estate jewely at better prices than at auction...and since you are not in California...no sales tax.

tintin said...

The recognised prices (inclusive of buyer's premium - thanks Belle) are up on the post. Sorry, but there were not many bargains.

Zingiber said...

When I was in my mid-30s we had friends we would visit maybe twice a year for dinner. They had many things I admired and every single one, it seemed, was from Freeman's and ALWAYS a ridiculous bargain. So I started going there -- bid on maybe 3-4 things and never got within even a whisper of the eventual selling price. Oh well.

On a separate note, we had one of the Freeman brothers over for dinner Friday night -- his wife is my daughter's horseback instructor -- and the catalogues for this show are still sitting on our coffee table.

tintin said...

Sartre- It's getting harder and harder to snag a deal at Freemans. I found I always did better by leaving left bids or bidding on the phone. Another strategy was to make an offer on a piece that didn't sell. If it was a large piece of furniture or painting and was from out of state the consigner didn't want the hassle of having it shipped back. It worked for me once versus a couple times it didn't. But if you're gonna go to an auction I can't think of better people than the folks at Freemans.