Freeman’s – Collection Of Art Collector Robert J. Morrison

Freeman’s – Collection Of Art Collector Robert J. Morrison

On October 30, Freeman’s will proudly present the Collection of Philadelphia Pop Art Collector and Philanthropist, Robert J. Morrison, whose extensive collected works include prints and multiples by Pop Art icons such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, and Jim Dine.


“Robert Morrison was a generous, witty man and an intellectually curious collector.  His collection was built around iconic Pop works but also included invitations, posters and ephemera that together tell the story of a lifelong collector and ad-man who loved a witty turn of phrase and a colorful, effective image. Bob was drawn to the democratic nature of Pop art, and loved nothing more than to share his collection with others.”—HEAD OF SALE, ANNE HENRY




The core of Morrison’s collection is comprised of graphic works by two of the most important and influential artists of the Pop Art movement — Andy Warholand Roy Lichtenstein. Top works by Roy Lichtenstein include Sweet Dreams Baby!(1965) at an estimate of $60,000-100,000 (Lot 26); Crying Girl(1963) at an estimate of $30,000-50,000 (Lot 6); and Shipboard Girl (1965) at an estimate of $30,000-50,000 (Lot 32).


Top works by Andy Warhol include Liz(1964) at an estimate of $20,000-30,000 (Lot 48); Flowers(1970) at an estimate of $25,000 – 35,000 (Lot 65); and three variations from his Mao series, two estimated at $30,000-50,000 and one at $20,000-30,000 (Lots 51-53). Other highlights offered include Ed Ruscha’s Rodeo(1969) at an estimate of $6,000 – 10,000 (Lot 83); Wayne Thiebaud’s BlackSuckers1971 at an estimate of $15,000-25,000 (Lot 45); and Robert Longo’s Rick1994 at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (Lot 76).



Morrison began collecting at the age of 12, fueled by an early passion for graphic works of art and design. After graduating business school in the early 1960’s, Bob moved to New York City to pursue a career in advertising. There, he attended gallery shows and met some ofthe artists whose works he began to collect, including Warhol and Lichtenstein. He later moved to Philadelphia and became a nationally celebrated advertising executive, compiling more than 200 national creative awards over the span of his career.


“There’s no doubt that collecting contemporary art can be a wonderful passion. Maybe even an obsession. For me, it has always been both, and I have never regretted the journey.” –ROBERT J. MORRISON


Bob was also a dedicated philanthropist in Philadelphia, serving as a Board member and Chair of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. He also gave time and support to OutGivers,  amfAR, and helped launch the WillPower Project. In 2007, in partnership with the Rockefeller Group, Bob created “The Fine Art of Tangible Assets,” a monograph and conversation discussing the transformation of collections into philanthropic capital, and more recently, helped launch an emerging art collectors’ group, Philly Stewards.


For more information about the sale please contact:

Head of Sale:

Anne Henry, [email protected], +1 267.414.1220

Press Inquiries:

Madeline Hill, [email protected], +1 267.414.1201

Doyle Announces Expansion of its Florida Operations

Doyle Announces Expansion of its Florida Operations

New York– Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers has announced an expansion of its Florida operations with the addition of two prominent auction professionals. Furniture and Decorative Arts Specialist Sebastian Clarke has been appointed Senior Vice President, and Jewelry Specialist Katherine Van Dell has been appointed Vice President. Both Specialists are now based in Florida. They join Doyle’s Director of Florida Operations Collin Albertsson, a Silver Specialist and Senior Vice President.

“With the addition of two seasoned appraisers to Doyle’s Florida team, we can provide our full range of auction and appraisal services even more effectively to collectors, families and fiduciaries throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast,” said Collin Albertsson.

“We are delighted to welcome specialists Sebastian Clarke and Katherine Van Dell to Doyle,” said Joanne Porrino Mournet, Doyle’s President and Director of Regions. “Our expanded footprint in Florida extends our professional services and expertise across multiple categories. Collin Albertsson and her team stand ready to deliver exceptional results in the global auction market.”

Sebastian Clarke

For many years, Sebastian Clarke organized Doyle’s auctions of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, provided estate appraisals of important estates and collections, and served as an auctioneer for the firm. In addition to his years at Doyle, Mr. Clarke has broad experience in the auction world having worked at Sotheby’s in New York, Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, C.G. Sloan & Co. in Rockville, Maryland, and Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Born in Wales, Mr. Clarke began his career at the renowned Manhattan studio of Simon Parkes Art Conservation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America and is also a USPAP compliant certified member of the Appraisers Association. He is a featured appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow and is a highly sought-after charity auctioneer.

“I look forward to providing my new neighbors in communities across Florida with professional auction and appraisal services of the highest calibre,” said Sebastian Clarke. “Our newly expanded team will facilitate even more convenient access to the New York auction market and beyond.”

Katherine Van Dell

Katherine Van Dell is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and a candidate for the Graduate Gemologist degree of the Gemological Institute of America. Prior to joining Doyle, Ms. Van Dell was Director of the Jewelry Department at Rago Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey. She began her career at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, where she was the Main Line Representative.

Ms. Van Dell holds a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art from Temple University Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is a featured appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow and regularly speaks on a broad range of topics, including jewelry and luxury goods.

Florida has always been known for sophisticated jewelry,” said Katherine Van Dell. “I am excited to bring my passion for jewelry and understanding of current trends to ensure that collectors and families achieve maximum success in the international jewelry market.”

Sebastian Clarke and Katherine Van Dell are husband and wife.

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