Freeman’s best-selling artwork since 2004 hits $5.2 million

The best-selling highlight of the sale was “The Melody Stilled by Cold” by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). The work sold for $519,000 to a private collector, exceeding its high estimate.

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s December 6 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction realized more than $5.2 million, posting the best result for an American art sale that Freeman’s has ever recorded and the sale at the house’s best-selling fine art auction since 2004.

With very competitive bidding throughout the sale from online and telephone bidders, the auction, comprising 114 lots, achieved an impressive overall sell-through rate of 93% as well as a sell-through rate of 96% recorded for Pennsylvania Impressionists section. With at least three works sold to museums, exceptional prices have been established for works by Daniel Garber, Rockwell Kent and Mary Elizabeth Price.

Freshly Released Material From Single Owner Collections Surpassed Estimates The undisputed highlight of the sale was the strong result for Norman Rockwell’s “The Melody Stilled by Cold.” The work sold for $519,000 to a private collector, exceeding its high estimate. Also note the impressive result obtained for “Wake Up, America!” by Rockwell Kent which fetched $375,0000, beating its high estimate and achieving the highest price paid for a socio-political work of this caliber by the artist.

Company Chairman Alasdair Nichol said, “We are delighted with the success of the auction, which exceeded all of our expectations. We thank our shippers for their continued confidence in our business, and we thank the entire Freeman team for their heroic efforts that got Freeman through one of its toughest years yet – with tremendous success. We are also grateful to the city of Philadelphia, which has been our home for over 200 years, and we continue to look forward to a prosperous future in our state-of-the-art building at 2400 Market Street.

The highest price paid for the artist since 2013 was the $435,000 paid for

The highest price paid for the artist since 2013 was the $435,000 paid for “The Last of Winter” by Daniel Garber (1880-1958).

Works by Pennsylvania impressionist Daniel Garber fared very well, illustrating Freeman’s continued success with this artist. Seven paintings by the artist fetched a cumulative total of $1.55 million, led by ‘The Last of Winter,’ which sold for $435,000, beating its high estimate and becoming the highest price paid for Daniel Garber at auction since 2013. This record was followed by ‘Blue and Gold’, which surpassed its high estimate of $250,000 to reach $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.

Other notable highlights include the sale of “A Thousand Flowers” ​​by Mary Elizabeth Price, which realized $162,500, surpassing its high estimate and becoming the second highest price obtained for the artist; “Lake Garda” by John Singer Sargent, sold for $87,500, exceeding its high estimate; Childe Hassam’s “Rainy Day, Columbus Avenue, Boston,” which sold for $75,000, tripling its high estimate; and Reginald Marsh’s “Bowery Scene”, which made $75,000, far exceeding its estimate of $30/50,000.

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” at $100,000, in its estimate. Henry McCarter’s “Singing Bells” sold for $32,500, nearly doubling its high estimate and reaching the highest price ever paid for an oil by the artist. Notable results were also obtained for the works of Edward Willis Redfield.

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