Freeman’s fine art sale achieves $5.2M, best since 2004

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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) ‘The Melody Stilled by Cold.’ Sold for $519,000. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction on Dec. 6 which realized over $5.2 million – the best result for a sale of American Art that Freeman’s has ever recorded and the highest-selling Fine Art auction at the house since 2004. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

With highly competitive bidding throughout the sale from bidders both online and on the phone, the highly curated auction, composed 114 lots, achieved an impressive 93% sell-through rate overall as well as a 96% sell-through recorded for the Pennsylvania Impressionists section. With at least three works selling to museums, exceptional prices were established for works by Daniel Garber, Rockwell Kent and Mary Elizabeth Price.

The undoubted highlight of the sale was the strong result achieved for Norman Rockwell’s The Melody Stilled by Cold (above). The work sold for $519,000, exceeding its high estimate. Also of note was the impressive result achieved for Rockwell Kent’s Wake Up, America! (below), which achieved $375,0000, soaring above its high estimate and realizing the highest price paid for a socio-political work of this caliber by the artist.

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Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), ‘Wake Up, America!’ Sold for $375,000. Freeman’s image

“We are delighted with the success of Sunday’s auction which surpassed all our expectations,” said Freeman’s chairman, Alasdair Nichol. “We thank our consignors for their continued faith in our business and we thank the entire Freeman’s team for their heroic efforts in bringing Freeman’s through one of its most difficult years to date – with tremendous success. We are also grateful for the city of Philadelphia, which has been our home for well over 200 years and we continue to look forward to a successful future in our state-of-the-art building at 2400 Market Street.”

7 works by Daniel Garber sell for $1.55M
Works by Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber performed very well, exemplifying Freeman’s continued success with this artist. Seven paintings by the artist realized a cumulative $1.55 million, led by The Last of Winter (below) which sold for $435,000, exceeding its high estimate and becoming the highest price paid for Daniel Garber at auction since 2013.

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Daniel Garber (1880-1958), ‘The Last of Winter.’ Sold for $435,000, which is the highest price paid for the artist since 2013. Freeman’s image

This record was followed by Blue and Gold (Lot 106), which soared past its high estimate of $250,000 to achieve $312,500; Weatherby’s Oak, which sold for $300,000, just at the top of its high estimate; as well as Winter, which sold for $162,500 and also exceeded its high estimate.

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Daniel Garber (1880-1958), ‘Blue and Gold.’ Sold for $312,500. Freeman’s image

Other notable highlights included the sale of Mille Fleurs (A Thousand Flowers) by Mary Elizabeth Price (Lot 93), which realized $162,500, surpassing its high estimate and becoming the second-highest price achieved for the artist; Lake Garda (Lot 17) by John Singer Sargent, which sold for $87,500, surpassing its high estimate; Rainy Day, Columbus Avenue, Boston (Lot 23) by Childe Hassam, which sold for $75,000, tripling its high-estimate; and Bowery Scene (Lot 41) by Reginald Marsh, which realized $75,000, far exceeding its estimate of $30,000-50,000.

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Mary Elizabeth Price (American, 1877-1965), ‘Mille Fleurs’ (A Thousand Flowers). Sold for $162,500. Freeman’s image

Of note are three works by artist George William Sotter, which sold for a collective $190,000 and were led by The Neighbor’s House, which achieved $100,000, within its estimate. Singing Bells (Lot 64A) by Henry McCarter sold for $32,500, nearly doubling its high estimate and achieving the highest price ever paid for an oil by the artist.


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