Freeman’s April 10 auction of Rare Books & Manuscripts features an outstanding collection of autographs from the collection of Moe Septee, founder of the Philly Pops Orchestra. Janis Joplin, Rudolph Nureyev, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Jacqueline du Pré, George Balanchine are just a few of the rock n’ roll, musical theatre, opera, classical music and dance luminaries represented in this unique and personal collection.
Moe Septee was not just the founder of the Philly Pops, but is also credited with breathing new life into Philadelphia’s theatre community. In addition to staging showcase Broadway productions and a number of operas and musicals, he also promoted summer pop and rock concerts in Asbury Park, NJ between 1961 and 1972, engaging and supporting ground-breaking rock performances of the period, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin. Septee died in Philadelphia at the age of 71 in 1997. Freeman’s is proud to offer his collection of hundreds of autographed photos, each warmly inscribed by some of the most glamorous of performers and composers of the 20th century.
The April 11 auction for Posters, Maps & Other Graphics features a wide variety of offerings including a lithographic posters from famed print makers Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Jules Cheret, as well as topographical materials such as a late 18th century American military pocket atlas of the British Colonies.