Freeman’s November Sale Features $160,000 – 250,000 Diamond Rings

Freeman’s November Sale Features $160,000 – 250,000 Diamond Rings


With a keen focus on the classic diamond, Freeman’s November 22 Jewelry and Watches auction offers elegant collecting and gifting opportunities ahead of the holiday season. Of particular distinction are two timeless styles—a Tiffany& Co. 5.13-carat oval-cut diamond ring, and a 5.85-carat round brilliant diamond ring—each presented at an estimate of$160,000-250,000.

“We’re honoured to present such a distinguished collection of diamonds, gemstones, andother works in the upcoming auction,” says Lourdes Winnick, Head of Freeman’s Jewellery and Watches department. “The diamond market is strong and trending upward, and in this tight market, we expect competition for and strong sales of our top diamond lots.


Freeman’s Jewelry and Watches sales continue to bring works by some of the most recognisable and esteemed designers to market. The November 22 sale alone features ten Rolex timepieces, led by a rare 1975 President Day-Date with a Spanish calendar wheel (Lot 152; estimate: $15,000-20,000).


Collectors will be pleased to find elegant pieceslike a Cartier diamond, cabochonemerald, and 18K yellow gold brooch (Lot 42; estimate: $20,000-30,000), a BulgariTubogas Serpenti watch in 18K yellow gold (Lot 110; estimate: $8,000-12,000), and an18k tank wristwatch by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.(Lot 138; estimate: $8,000-12,000).

FROM BROOCHES TO BRACELETS,ART DECO MAKES A SPLASHArt Deco designs—with their distinct geometric patterns and brightly coloredgemstones—are on full display inJewelry and Watches. An elegant platinum anddiamond bracelet leads the selection (Lot 49; estimate: $25,000-35,000), followed by aplatinum and diamond bracelet by Raymond Yard boasting 256 diamonds in total (Lot18; estimate: $10,000-15,000).

Pieces like a diamond-and-ruby double-clip broochmade by Bailey, Banks & Biddle inthe 1930s complement any garment with striking Art Deco flair (Lot 34; estimate: $3,000-5,000), while a platinum and diamond pendant can alternately function as a pin(Lot 38; estimate: $10,000-15,000).




Heather Holmes


Lourdes Winnick


Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts Auction Kicks Off Fall Season

Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts Auction Kicks Off Fall Season

Freeman’s September 21 Books and Manuscripts auction, the inaugural sale of the Fall 2022 season, is led by an extremely rare first edition of New Englands First Fruits (estimate: $20,000-30,000), a 1643 account of Puritan evangelization in New England. The first copy to be offered at auction in over 20 years, the book features the first printed mention of Harvard College.

Also on offer is a rare and beautiful first edition of L. Frank Baum’s most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the inspiration for the classic 1939 film (estimate: $8,000-12,000). With works by Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, and Joseph Conrad, Books and Manuscripts offers a great selection for buyers at all stages of collecting.


The September 21 sale features two significant items related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first is a poignant letter from Dr. King to a Pennsylvania-based poet and supporter sent just before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in which Dr. King writes that “Without hope, all things become meaningless” (estimate: $6,000-9,000). Also on offer is a scarce copy of the 1957 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, signed by both Dr. King and Coretta Scott King (estimate: $7,000-10,000).

Another important piece of American history—a very rare 1683 document dating to the founding years of Pennsylvania—is on offer with an estimate of $5,000-8,000. A receipt issued by the Free Society of Traders in Pennsylvania, the first large-scale business venture in the colony, the document is a testament to William Penn’s influence on the business proceedings of the young colony.



Books and Manuscripts features sheet music, as well as signed pamphlets, books and letters from legendary music figures such as Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Thelonious Monk; first and limited editions of Smith’s Kodak, together with A Useless Death, are offered at an estimate of $1,500-2,500.

The sale also includes a fine selection of prints from John J. Audubon’s monumental Birds of America, as well as works by or related to a range of notable artists, from Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miro to Arthur Rackham, W.W. Denslow, and George Cruikshank.


Other featured lots include a first edition of Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia by Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam (estimate: $6,000-9,000), a rare first edition of Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho (estimate: $4,000-6,000), a manuscript bill of exchange signed by Scottish financier John Law (estimate: $2,000-3,000), a presentation copy of the first revised edition of Narrative of Sojourner Truth (estimate: $1,500-2,500), and a fine copy of the first edition of Sabine Baring-Gould’s classic treatise The Book of Were-wolves (estimate: $1,200-1,800).




Heather Holmes


Darren Winston


New Records and International Expansion in Freeman’s Summer

New Records and International Expansion in Freeman’s Summer


Freeman’s Spring/Summer 2022 season displayed market strength and competitive collecting across Freeman’s many specialist departments. Alongside strong results in the season’s thirteen sales, Freeman’s also appointed two new heads of department and two regional representatives in the Florida and New England areas in a show of continuing optimism in its business.

“The investments we’re making in our talented team of specialists are clearly paying off,” says Fraser Niven, Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer. “By hiring the finest talent, we’re able to deliver fresh-to-market works across categories, including rare and recently rediscovered items that lead to remarkable sales. With the projects in hand, I expect the upcoming season to be even more exciting.”


Freeman’s highly anticipated, twice-annual American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction this June was led by the $252,000 sale of Fern Isabel Coppedge’s Winter Decoration and totaled $2.64M overall. In the sale, new world auction records were set for both Philadelphia Illustration artist Sarah S. Stilwell Weber and Emma Fordyce MacRae, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a member of the Philadelphia Ten. 


Freeman’s Spring/Summer 2022 season was marked by significant buyer interest in early Americana, from letters and political documents to furniture, silver, and artwork. Freeman’s May Books and Manuscripts sale was led by the $1.8M sale of a 1776 letter signed by John Hancock announcing America’s independence to the state of Georgia, an extraordinarily rare document that commanded competitive bidding.

In a May American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auction, the Pemberton-Morris-Lloyd Chippendale mahogany sideboard table achieved $163,800 against a $40,000-60,000 estimate, underscoring the demand for works of fine early American craftsmanship with impressive provenance.



Freeman’s launched its Spring 2022 season with a dynamic new bidding platform, Freeman’s Live, that makes it easier than ever for buyers to place bids from anywhere in the world. In turn, the season was marked by spirited bidding between international buyers, resulting in prices that soared well above their pre-sale estimates.

These remarkable results spanned departments: a pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs from the late Ming to Qing dynasty sold for $948,000 (estimate: $80,000-120,000); Henry Moore’s elegant bronze Architectural Project achieved $428,400 (estimate: $200,000-300,000); Marc Chagall’s Devant la Fenêtre à Sils, an important gouache from a single-owner collection, commanded $453,600 (estimate: $250,000-400,000); and a “Conoid” bench by George Nakashima s old for $94,500 (estimate: $40,000-60,000).


Freeman’s announced the arrival of two new heads of department this season: Lisa De Simone as Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Lourdes Winnick as Head of Jewelry and Watches. Freeman’s expanded geographically as well as departmentally: Adam Bitzer joined the company as its New England regional representative, and Kate Della Monica was appointed as the company’s first Florida regional representative.

Alongside this ongoing investment in talent, expertise, and client service, Freeman’s maintains a robust presence on the international market—in part through its strategic alliance with its sister auction house Lyon & Turnbull in Scotland.


Following a successful Spring/Summer 2022 season and a late-summer Luxe: Summer Jewels auction, Freeman’s presents a full roster of Fall sales: Books and Manuscripts on September 21, Art and Design on September 29, Asian Arts on October 18, Modern and Contemporary Art on October 25, Design on October 26, Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana and American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts, both on November 15, Jewelry and Watches on November 22, and Luxe: Boutique Jewels on November 23. All fall auctions are currently welcoming consignments.




Heather Holmes


$948,000 Sale of Chairs in Freeman’s Asian Auction Shows Power of Global Market

$948,000 Sale of Chairs in Freeman’s Asian Auction Shows Power of Global Market

In Freeman’s April 13 Asian Arts auction, competitive bidding across the board sent lots soaring past their pre-sale estimates. The sale was led by Lot 28, a pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs; the handsome pair, exemplars of Chinese craftsmanship from the late Ming to Qing dynasty, achieved $948,000 following an estimate of $80,000-120,000, setting the tone for a sale filled with spirited bidding wars.


“We were delighted to achieve such a strong result for the family who had so carefully preserved these rare and beautiful chairs for nearly 70 years in a local collection,” says Ben Farina, Head of Freeman’s Asian Arts department. “The response to our international marketing was extremely gratifying, leading to an exceptionally long day on the rostrum. We are delighted to have achieved the sale results for our consignors and look forward to curating our next sale.”


The sale’s successes underscore the strength of market demand for Asian art, particularly Chinese furniture, cultural artefacts, design objects, and artwork. In a remarkable testament to this strength, two finely-painted Chinese blue and white porcelain panels sold for $403,200, more than 200 times their pre-sale high estimate (Lot 157; estimate: $1,500-2,000).


Qing dynasty artistry consistently outperformed estimates in Wednesday’s sale, led by porcelain and jade highlights: a rare and unusual Chinese famille-rose-decorated “Butterflies and Blossoms” vase, four-character Yongzheng mark that achieved $189,000 (Lot 7; estimate: $5,000-7,000), and a Chinese creamy-white jade carving of a bear that sold for $107,100 (Lot 78; estimate: $3,000-5,000).


Freeman’s is privileged to offer works from several collections assembled by astute connoisseurs and connect with the next generation of art lovers. As always, the market responds enthusiastically when rare and unusual pieces are offered from esteemed collections.


Wednesday’s auction builds on the successes of Freeman’s 2021 season, in which Chinese works likewise commanded impressive prices, led by the $378,000 sale of an important Imperial pale celadon-white jade “Taishang Huangdi zhi bao” seal. The department is already seeking consignments for its forthcoming 2022 sales.




Heather Holmes


Freeman’s States Growth With Their First Florida Representative

Freeman’s States Growth With Their First Florida Representative

Continuing its trajectory of national and international growth, Freeman’s has appointed Kate Della Monica as a regional representative in Florida, effective immediately.

“We are continuing our ambitious expansion plans for Freeman’s,” says Fraser Niven, Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer. “At the heart of that expansion is a firm commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of our client base. We’re delighted to appoint Kate Della Monica as the company’s first regional representative in Florida; her presence will be indispensable to online casinos with payid clients throughout the state and region.”

Kate is available to clients seeking valuations and paths to consignment across Freeman’s many areas of specialisation, spanning centuries and mediums. She is particularly attuned to consignments of jewellery, timepieces, and design objects.

Kate will leverage her expansive experience as a Specialist in Freeman’s Jewellery and Watches department to serve collectors of 20th century and contemporary design, gemstones and diamonds, and designer watches and handbags, from single items to entire estates. She will be regularly joined by specialists from across Freeman’s departments to craft personalised consignment solutions on behalf of clients.

Freeman’s roster of regional representatives has grown over the past several years to include the New England, Washington, D.C., Midwest, Southeast, and now Florida regions. Rooted in Freeman’s dedication to bespoke client services, the regional representative program ensures attentive, specialised appraisal and consignment services across collecting categories.


Kate Della Monica is a Senior Specialist in the Jewelry and Watches department, and serves as Freeman’s first Regional Representative in Florida. Kate joined Freeman’s in January 2018 as a Department Administrator. While at Freeman’s, Kate has honed many skills to support her both in the field acquiring property for consignment and behind the scenes in the laboratory and office. She has completed the Graduate Gemologist program at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and is USPAP compliant. Kate’s commitment to continuing her education and experience as a specialist and appraiser drives her excitement for the auction business.

Before joining Freeman’s, Kate worked as an assistant director of a Philadelphia art dealing business, where she experienced the auction world through a consignor’s perspective. She attended school in Philadelphia, receiving a BFA in 3-D Fine Art from Moore College of Art & Design. In addition to her work in the visual arts, Kate is a musician who has traveled the country playing original music. As she settles in Florida, Kate is excited to explore more creative outlets in a new environment while expanding the Freeman’s brand.




Heather Holmes


Kate Della Monica,


Freeman’s Makes Lisa De Simone Head of Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s Makes Lisa De Simone Head of Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s has appointed Lisa De Simone as head of its Modern and Contemporary Art department, effective immediately.

“Freeman’s is uniquely positioned as both America’s oldest auction house and a premier destination for important modern and cutting-edge contemporary art,” says Fraser Niven, Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to have Lisa on board as our new Head of Department, signaling an ongoing investment in talent in service of our international client base, who turn to Freeman’s for a fresh-to-market modern and contemporary selection.”

The announcement comes on the heels of strong Modern and Contemporary successes in Freeman’s 2021 and 2022 seasons. Modern and Contemporary Art commanded $1.8M across 54 lots in May 2021, nearly $5M across 80 lots in November 2021, and featured the $428,400 sale of an important Henry Moore sculpture in May 2022. The department boasts impressive sales of such highly collectible 20th- and 21st-century artists as François-Xavier Lalanne, Andy Warhol, Barbara Hepworth, Harry Bertoia, and Romare Bearden, among others—and continues to build on past successes with future-facing appointments and expansions.


Lisa joined Freeman’s in 2022, following years in the secondary and primary Post-War and Contemporary art markets in London and New York.

Lisa earned a MA in the History of Art at University College London, and upon graduation joined Christie’s (London), where she worked for ten years. Following Christie’s, she was part of the team that launched artnet online’s selling platform, introducing new collecting categories like Urban Art. Lisa then returned to London as Specialist of Contemporary Art at Phillips, where she launched several emerging artists onto the secondary market and organized selling exhibitions in New York and London.

In the primary market, Lisa was the Director of C24 Gallery in New York, where she organized many groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art across mediums, collaborating with Philip Glass and Ali Kazma in anticipation of his representation of Turkey at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. Most recently, Lisa was the Senior Specialist of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Bonhams (New York), where she spearheaded the record sale of The Grace House mural by Keith Haring. Her passion is contemporary art with a strong emphasis on German Post-War, Pop Art, and contemporary art including photography.


Heather Holmes


Special Auction Services- SAS to Expands to the Midlands

Special Auction Services- SAS to Expands to the Midlands

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Special Auction Services of Newbury, Berkshire are pleased to announce that they are expanding their business. Following on from their successful move and growth to a brand new purpose built premises in Newbury, a second auction room in the Midlands is their latest venture. The Grade II listed building currently known as Astons in Dudley is set to become the SAS Midlands auction premises.

Special Auction Services started auction life some fifteen years ago holding six auctions selling around 4,000 lots in their first year, fast forward to today where they hold at least fifty auctions annually and sell over 40,000 lots and will continue to grow especially with the acquisition of a second premises.

Director Thomas Forrester has enthused that ‘it is a great building steeped in history and the name and reputation Astons have made for themselves is a mantel we are keen to carry’. The juxtaposition against the new purpose built premises in Newbury means the two couldn’t be further apart in appearance and although both being specialist toy auction houses there has always been a very positive relationship between the two.

Director Neil Shuttleworth explains ‘although perhaps a bit sooner than we would have envisaged growing our business further Astons was too good an opportunity to miss’. The auction calendar and format will remain largely the same with SAS keen to keep Phil Aston on as a consultant for as long as his retirement enjoyment permits!

Special Auction Services are thrilled to announce their inaugural auction in the Midlands is set up and ready to be sold 28th January 2021 albeit behind closed doors.

In line with government legislation, the auction will be online only. You can request further details and additional images via email

You can register to bid via their website If you are a successful bidder you will be emailed and invoice. Upon receipt of payment via bank transfer, your items can be made ready for collection by appointment only. This also applies for courier collection. We are unable to offer in house postage yet in Dudley but recommend That’s Your Lot based locally in Wombourne on 01902 475212 or

Special Auction Services are currently taking enquiries for valuations by appointment and to consign goods for auction


For more information about Special Auction Services, CLICK HERE


Wilson55- Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers Rebrands to Wilson55

Wilson55- Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers Rebrands to Wilson55

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980


The new name for Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers.

“Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers has a new look and will now be known as Wilson55.

Initially established in 1955, we’ve continually evolved and we’re excited to announce this new chapter in our history. Over the years we’ve established our reputation as one of the UK’s leading regional auction houses, focussing on fine art, antiques and collectables.

In this new era, we have made changes to make our auctions accessible to everyone, whether local to Cheshire or further afield. Not forgetting our history, the Wilson55 name reminds us of our heritage but embraces the opportunities and demands of the current time in terms of technology and innovation.

Having recently launched our free live-bidding platform ‘Wilson Live’, we feel our calendar of specialist auctions has strong appeal to our ever-growing client base. Our team is the same as when we were Peter Wilson’s and our experts on hand to offer personal, professional advice to buyers and vendors alike.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll share further information about next year’s exciting and ambitious auction calendar and how you can share in this exciting time with us.”


-Robert Stones, Managing Director


For more information about Wilson55, CLICK HERE


Doyle Announces New Director of Asian Works of Art

Doyle Announces New Director of Asian Works of Art

Doyle is pleased to announce that Richard Cervantes has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President and Director of Asian Works of Art.

A former educator with a background in History and Italian Literature, Mr. Cervantes was drawn to auction in 2006 and began his career at The Samuel T. Freeman Co. of Philadelphia. As Specialist and eventual department head of both Asian Arts and Oriental Rugs at Freeman’s, he oversaw and coordinated auctions of fine Chinese works of art, including the sale of an important Chinese Imperial seal of the Qianlong Emperor and property from the Collection of noted Philadelphia-area financier Henry C. Gibson. For three years, he was Director of Asian Arts at Heritage Auctions, overseeing their inaugural Asia Week New York auctions. 

Mr. Cervantes has been a featured appraiser for seven seasons on Antiques Roadshow, a WGBH production televised nationwide on the PBS network. He has presented on Asian art topics to the International Society of Appraisers, WHYY Philadelphia, The History Channel and various publications.

Mr. Cervantes’ first auction at Doyle is the sale of Asian Works of Art taking place on Thursday, July 23. The public is invited to view the catalogue, request condition reports, schedule private viewings, and place bids conveniently at

Mr. Cervantes is currently evaluating the property to be offered in the September Asian Works of Art auction scheduled during the week of Asian sales in New York. He is based in Philadelphia and travels regularly to New York and other areas of the country. 


Prominent Collections of Asian Art at Doyle

Doyle has been privileged to auction many of the world’s most important collections of Asian Works of Art. Doyle’s landmark sale of Chinese porcelain from the F. Gordon Morrill Collection of Delray Beach drew newly affluent Chinese collectors for the first time to a New York auction, driving the sale total past $12 million. Doyle also held the sale of important jades from the Estate of Baron Pierre DeMenasce highlighted by an 18th-century Chinese celadon jade vase that achieved $5 million.  


We Invite You to Auction!

We invite you to contact Richard Cervantes. He is available by telephone, email and even video chat to discuss the appraisal and sale of a single object or an entire collection. 


Richard Cervantes

Senior Vice President / Director of Asian Works of Art



Bonhams – Patrick Masson appointed Managing Director

Bonhams – Patrick Masson appointed Managing Director

Bonhams has appointed Patrick Masson to be its Managing Director in the UK and Europe. Masson, who will be based at Bonhams headquarters in New Bond Street, London, takes up his new post on 2 March, reporting to Bonhams Executive Chairman, Bruno Vinciguerra.

Patrick Masson joins Bonhams after successful careers at senior level at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s. As business manager for Christie’s France from 1996-2006, he played a central role in establishing the auction house as a leading player in France. At Sotheby’s he worked in senior roles in London and Paris. As General Manager, Sotheby’s Europe, Masson developed new sales and markets, and established Europe as the highest contributor to Sotheby’s global revenues. Additionally, he drove restructuring and expansion programmes in the Middle East, India and Russia.

Patrick was born in Brittany, France and is bilingual in French and English.

Bonhams Executive Chairman, Bruno Vinciguerra said, “Patrick Masson’s outstanding track record in building and sustaining profitability and developing new growth strategies will enable us to take Bonhams business in the UK and Europe to new levels.”

Patrick Masson said, “I have long admired Bonhams as a business. I believe my extensive international experience in delivering effective change will help propel the company to further success.”

Hindman Announces So. Cal & Washington D.C. Reps

Hindman Announces So. Cal & Washington D.C. Reps

Hindman Auctions is pleased to announce two new business development appointments in their ongoing nationwide expansion. Senior Jewelry Specialist and Business Development Director Katie Guilbault will establish Hindman’s presence in Southern California, based in San Diego, and Maura Ross, as Business Development Director, will lead Hindman business development efforts in the mid-Atlantic, based in Washington D.C. Working in conjunction with Hindman’s satellite offices and Chicago-based Headquarters, Katie and Maura will continue efforts to source quality consignments across all of Hindman’s collecting categories. 



Katie Guilbault is a Graduate Gemologist and has traveled the country evaluating important jewelry collections including antique, period and contemporary pieces.  She first joined the firm in 2003, where she became the Director of Fine Jewelry and Director of Consignments.  In 2007, Katie joined Trabert & Hoeffer as an appraiser and sales associate. Following her time at Trabert & Hoeffer, Katie launched a jewelry consulting business, providing fine jewelry appraisal and custom design services.  She returned to Hindman in 2017 as a Senior Jewelry Specialist.  Katie brings a wealth of valuation experience to Southern California, as she establishes Hindman’s expanded presence on the West Coast.

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Maura Ross opened Hindman’s first regional office in Naples, Florida in 2010, followed by opening the Palm Beach office in 2013. She has worked on several notable sales, including the Estate of Lilly Pulitzer and the Collection of Olga Hirshhorn. Additionally, Maura has been involved with The Washington Winter Show, West Palm Beach Library Foundation, ArtTable, The Four Arts Society and The Everglades Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.

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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.

Freeman’s Moving to New Flagship Location in Philadelphia

Freeman’s Moving to New Flagship Location in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA– After nearly a century at 1808 Chestnut Street, Freeman’s will be relocating its flagship location to Center City’s prestigious 2400 Market Street. Featuring a purpose-built gallery and auction room with corporate offices above, Freeman’s is excited to join the 600,000 square-foot development that has been recently hailed as one of the biggest and most visible mixed-use projects in Philadelphia.



Designed to meet the needs of both emerging and established collectors, the modern development at 2400 Market Street will enhance the auction experience for the company’s local and international clientele. 


In the new gallery, Freeman’s will host a year-round season of curated fine auctions across multiple disciplines.They are also planning to cultivate the space as a premier cultural venue and are currently developing a program of events set to begin in Spring 2020 that will be open to the Philadelphia community and beyond.

“We are very much a part of the fabric of Philadelphia and have been for centuries,” remarks Chairman Alasdair Nichol. “We have been in our current building since it was built for us in 1924, but the auction market has dramatically changed since then. This move to a new, custom-designed headquarters is a key component in our contemporary business model and will further establish us as a leading and dynamic 21st century auction house. In our new location, we will be ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for global service, while continuing to be engrained within the heart of the city that we have called home since 1805.”



Currently scheduled for November 24, 2019, the inaugural sale to be held at 2400 Market is A Grand Old Flag: The Stars and Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keim. This landmark, single-owner sale will be the largest collection of historic American Flags ever to be offered at auction. It will be followed by the house’s marquee American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionistsauction on December 8, 2019. Fine sales across collecting genres will follow throughout Winter/Spring 2020.



This winter, Freeman’s will also be opening a second Philadelphia location within The Civic Building at 1600 West Girard Avenue. This venue will cater more specifically to emerging markets and young collectors.



Situated along the Schuylkill River, 2400 Market was formerly a Hudson Motor Car Company fabrication plant. The property was re-acquired and renovated in 2016 into a contemporary, mixed-use structure; it now serves as the new global headquarters for Aramark.


For questions about the building, please contact Hanna Dougher, COO, at

Woolley & Wallis Announce Major Changes to Board

Woolley & Wallis Announce Major Changes to Board


Leslie Hindman Unveils New Brand Identity and Growth Strategy

Leslie Hindman Unveils New Brand Identity and Growth Strategy

New Branding and Website Elevates Client Experience and Reflects Company’s Recent Expansion in Location, Services and Expertise  

Chicago — Leslie Hindman Auctioneers today unveiled a new brand identity, website and growth strategy in line with the organization’s ambition to be the nation’s most client-centric auction house. The new website provides the auction house with the capability to expand digital client services, and the new logo elevates the brand’s visual presence across all platforms and ten brick-and-mortar locations nationwide. In conjunction with these changes, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has abbreviated its name to Hindman. These changes reflect Hindman’s recent growth in locations, services and expertise, as well as its previously announced acquisition of Cowan’s Auctions (est.1995). Hindman currently operates more salerooms than any other auction house in the country.

“We have been working over the past 37 years to position ourselves as the most client-centric auction house in the country”, said Hindman Co-Chair, Leslie Hindman. “What started with our first satellite office in Naples in 2009 has grown to include 10 branches today and is still growing. In the evolving auction industry, our clients will require both the high-touch local service we’ve consistently offered and the high-tech global sales and marketing channels that we are developing.”

“Both Leslie and I have built our businesses by recognizing the importance of building and maintaining relationships with our clients” added Vice Chair Wes Cowan, “We have long embraced the technological evolution of the auction business. At the same time our focus will remain where it has always been — service to our clients, both sellers and buyers.”

Hindman’s recent growth features several key leadership appointments with experience from a variety of sectors. New CEO Thomas Galbraith co-founded the consulting firm The Petraeus Group, has served as Managing Director of Paddle8, as Director of Global Strategy for artnet, and most recently was the interim CEO of the Google Ventures startup, Twyla.

“Understanding the importance of client experience and achieving top dollar for all lots sold is critical to success in this market, and both Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions have excelled in that regard,” said Hindman CEO, Thomas Galbraith. “The strategies and changes we are implementing at Hindman are focused on modernizing and scaling that approach through digitization, efficiencies and a growing footprint, building off a very well-established foundation.”

Additions also include the appointment of finance industry veteran Joan Wagner as Vice President for Hindman’s Midwest region; of Nathan Casey, formerly Senior Director of Global CRM and Loyalty for McDonald’s Corporation, as the Vice President of Marketing for Hindman; and of Billy Fowks as the auction house’s first CTO, a seasoned full stack developer with comprehensive experience working at the intersection of visual art and technology.

Digital Connectivity

A key facet to Hindman’s growth strategy involves the development of the auction house’s digital capabilities. Drawing inspiration from their mission as a service-focused auction house, Hindman built a website that simplifies the client experience and improves the marketability of sales. Hindman is simultaneously rolling out new back-end technology that streamlines inventory and consignment management processes, allowing specialists and account executives to spend more of their time interfacing directly with clients.

“The custom website and underlying technological capabilities will allow clients and specialists to interact seamlessly,” said Hindman CTO, Billy Fowks. “Today’s release is an exciting foundation that will allow us to innovate and build over the months and years to come.”

“As we embrace the digital evolution of the auction industry, our core will always be client service.  We are focused on technology that will foster relationships with our clients, not replace them”, added Hindman VP of Marketing, Nathan Casey.

These changes build upon a preexisting focus on global connectivity, with 60% of existing lots being sold to online bidders from around the world. In 2018, Hindman saw a 21% increase in online sales and 32% increase in online buyers over the prior year, with a 10 percentage point shift from live to online buyers.

Local Presence

Hindman’s investment in digital advancement is paired with a simultaneous expansion of both brick-and-mortar locations and specialists. This expansion enables Hindman to provide high-touch service and in-person expertise throughout the country, connecting local communities to the global art market. Hindman recently opened new offices in Scottsdale, AZ and Atlanta, GA, as well as both Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH locations through the acquisition of Cowan’s Auctions. In addition to the ten brick-and-mortar offices, Hindman continues an on-going series of auction appraisal events nationwide, focused on meeting clients where they live.

“The priority we give to growing our brick-and-mortar presence in alignment with digital development is a testament to the value we hold in building longstanding relationships with our local communities, and of my commitment that our organization will always put the client’s needs first,” said Hindman CEO, Thomas Galbraith.

Growth in Expertise

Hindman’s growth in digital and physical presence is accompanied by several notable hires over the past two years. “Hindman’s recent appointments bring decades of collective experience from an incredible range of focus areas,” said Jim Sharp, Hindman Vice President, Expertise. “Many of our clients require expertise across multiple collecting categories at varying price points. To best serve them, we need to be able to address their entire collection.”

These appointments have resulted in both the creation of new departments and substantial growth in preexisting departments. The appointment of Tim Long as Director of Luxury Accessories and Couture brings years of museum curatorial experience, and new authority on historical couture to the company’s growing department. Additionally, Hindman has assembled a leading Fine Books and Manuscripts department, led by Gretchen Hause and supported by Exclusive Consultant Francis Wahlgren. Additional new departments include American History and Historic Militaria, via the acquisition of Cowan’s Auctions.

Over the past two years, Hindman has seen a 40% growth in specialists across all departments, including a 50% growth in Fine Art specialists and a 50% growth in Jewelry specialists. The Fine Art department’s growth featured the appointment of Michael E. Shapiro, former Director of The High Museum of Art, as Senior Advisor of Museums and Private Collections; and the appointment of Joe Stanfield as Director of Fine Art. The department’s record sale of a Joan Mitchell work on paper for $1.2 million is a prime example of the increased expertise at the company, which saw an influx of premium consignments. On May 15, Hindman’s Jewelry department will sell 250 pieces from the iconic Chicago jewelry store and global brand, Trabert & Hoeffer—a testament to the department’s capabilities. With the new appointments across all departments in place, Hindman has already conducted 36 auctions in Q1 of 2019, a 50% increase over the same period in the year prior.

Hindman conducts over 100 auctions annually and appraises thousands of objects throughout the year in addition to handling major single-owner collections. The firm is currently accepting consignments for summer, fall and winter sales. To contact the Chicago office of Hindman, visit or call 312.280.1212.

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