Contact Us

For questions regarding absentee or phone bidding, check pre-approval, consigning to future sales or any other auction-related questions, please call Charles A. Whitaker at 215.817.4600 or email your questions to:

Mailing Address: 
Charles A. Whitaker Auction Co.
1002 West Cliveden Street
Philadelphia PA 19119

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About Us

Our firm represents museums, historical societies, universities and other institutions bringing to market museum de-accessions & patron donations, with sale proceeds earmarked to benefit their permanent collections. We also represent individuals & select estates in liquidation of rare items and collections that complement our spring and fall catalogued fashion and textile auction sales.

Consignors, both institutional and individual, are assured that their textile treasures will be treated with respect and will benefit from our targeted marketing program directed to a world-wide customer base.

Serious buyers from the international fashion, museum, film and textile worlds journey to New Hope, Pennsylvania to attend our seasonal specialty sales. Consignments receive spirited bidding from knowledgeable auction-goers in our gallery, through absentee, telephone and internet bids.

Charles A. Whitaker:

Charles A. Whitaker began his career as a teenager working in the antique business on Philadelphia's Main Line. He later established a well-known retail antique shop in Philadelphia and founded the Charles A. Whitaker Auction Co in 1991. 

 Mr. Whitaker is fully licensed and bonded and insured as an auctioneer by the state of Pennsylvania, and boasts 35 years experience in the Arts, Antiques and Auction Industry. Over the years he has sold collections from some of Philadelphia's most prominent families. His knowledge and expertise in fashion, textiles, furniture and fine arts have resulted in many auction records.

In addition to his own firm, Charles serves as an appraiser, consultant and auctioneer with several national auction houses. 
(215) 817-4600

Institutions, Estates and Collections represented by Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company


The Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                                                                                                   The Museum of the City of New York                                                               Smithsonian Institution Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Woodmere Art Museum
Wadsworth Athenaeum
Mint Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Ohio State University

Dr. Charles Mullin Collection

Northwestern College

Walpole Historical Society

Shippensburg College

Mary Mason Hudson Estate

Ithaca College

Hess’ Department Store Collection

Wadsworth Athenaeum

Fairfield Historical Society

Woodmere Art Museum

Diana R. Dorrence Estate
Elizabeth Morris Wistar Estate         

Deborah Norris Rush Estate

Sue Varner Estate
A. Biddle Brock Estate
P.A.B. Widener III Estate

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