Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art department has extensive experience selling important works from a range of movements, including École de Paris, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop. Freeman’s has had notable successes with Modern and Contemporary works across many disciplines and from the market's most sought after artists. 

Collecting Categories:

  • Modern Art

  • Contemporary Art

  • Mid-Century Art

  • Latin American Art

  • Philadelphia Art

  • African American Art

  • Surrealist Art

Artists & Designers of Interest: 

  • Andy Warhol

  • Roy Lichtenstein

  • Ellsworth Kelly

  • Alexander Calder

  • Hans Hoffman

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Henri Matisse

  • Zao Wou Ki

  • Lynn Chadwick 

  • Helen Frankenthaler

  • Sam Gilliam

  • Harry Bertoia 

In recent years, this department has won the consignment of numerous corporate and private collections of artwork, achieving exceptional sell-through rates and exceeding pre-sale estimates, including: A Life at the Chelsea: The Stanley Bard Collection, The Estate of Jack Wolgin, The Estate of Richard Oldenburg, and The Lehman Brothers & Neuberger Berman Collections.

Freeman’s has demonstrated time and time again that we are skilled in marketing and showcasing collections, garnering international attention and achieving competitive prices, often in excess of those realized for comparable works offered in other venues.

Our most recent auction of Modern and Contemporary Art achieved over $2.7 million, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate and with an impressive 95% sell-through rate of the 74 lots. In the past year, the department has maintained an average sell-through rate of 97.5%.


Curious about the value of your collection?


Upcoming Auctions


Art and Design 

March 23, 11AM EST

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Modern and Contemporary Art 

May 11, 11AM EST

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“As a Trusted Financial Advisor we were tasked with an emotional exercise of assisting our client of 30 years dispose of an art collection created with the love of his life. Freemans came to the rescue with their deep knowledge, sensitivity and superb implementation. The professionally produced catalog blew us away.  The auction results exceeded our expectations. Freeman’s is a force in their industry. They deliver!”

—Joy Soodik, Manageing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, Clarfeld Financial Advisors


Single-Owner Collection Successes


18 Works from the Bachman Collection

Sell Through: 89%

Final Sale Total: $2,070,625

Pre-Sale Estimate: $1,566,000 - $2,524,000


The Stanley Bard Collection: Life at the Chelsea

Sell Through: 91%

Final Sale Total: $1,971,531

Pre-Sale Estimate: $1,253,400 - $1,838,500


The Robert J. Morrison Collection

Sell Through: 99%

Final Sale Total: $1,485,837

Pre-Sale Estimate: $688,025 - $1,060,750


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