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Freeman’s auction house expands to Richmond

America's oldest auction house, Freeman's, announced expansion of its firm, with the addition of a second southeast regional office in Richmond, Va.
Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

RICHMOND, Virginia — Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house, specializing in the sale of fine art, antiques, and jewelry, announces the opening of its second southeast regional office at 5401 Patterson Avenue in the historic capital city of Richmond, Virginia. The new office provides the area with a local connection to the global art market through auction and appraisal services as well as cultural events and community involvement.

“Freeman’s is a world class auction house with an established international presence. Our firm maintains a strong focus on client service and is built on the experience of our specialists, all of whom possess a comprehensive knowledge of their fields and market conditions. We’re excited to bring our expertise to the greater Richmond area,” said Vice President Colin Clarke.

Business Development Director Holen Miles Lewis added, “For the past ten years, the Southeast office has successfully assisted Virginians with buying and selling fine art, antiques, jewelry, and more at auction. We’re enthusiastic about the expansion and the services we’re offering to the region, whether we’re helping individuals enhance their collections or assisting families with their estates.” Recent works from Virginia sold during Freeman’s auctions include:

  • A painted and decorated pine blanket chest made by Johannes Spitler (1774-1837), sold for $350,500
  • A Cartier platinum, natural pearl, diamond and sapphire necklace, sold for $217,000
  • A gouache “Psyche” by British artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), sold for $194,500
  • A fine pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs, 18th century, sold for $159,750

In addition to Freeman’s auction services, the regional office is committed to the Richmond community. Presently, Freeman’s Southeast office is a corporate sponsor of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, a well-respected museum in the U.S., and the new office promises to build a greater presence with events that are free and open to the public.

The fall season at Freeman’s kicks off Sept. 15-17, with an Auction Highlights Exhibition. Works from

Holen Lewis

Holen Lewis

The Sporting Sale represented in paintings and bronzes such as John Emms, Alfred Munnings and Rosa Bonheur, along with an interesting mix of silver, jewelry, and decorative objects related to the hunt will be on view. The event is free and open to the public.

Beginning September 16 and scheduled for the third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Freeman’s invites the public to discover what their treasures are worth. The specialists at the Patterson Avenue office will provide free verbal estimates for selling at auction on up to three items per person. Reservations are preferred, but not required. To make an appointment, contact Erica Humes at 434-296-4096 or

For more information about Freeman’s, the Virginia offices, and business hours, visit

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