Twice each year, Julia Auctions conducts monumental firearm auctions in Fairfield, Maine. Each time these auctions occur, the results generate the largest offering and largest sales gross for firearms auction events anywhere in the world. March 14th & 15th, James D. Julia Auctioneers held a much anticipated sale which grossed approximately $15 million dollars. The sales results were approximately 30% above low estimate value of items sold. In the highly touted auction, no less than 300 items generated $10,000 or better; 45 items realized over $50,000; and 19 items generated over $100,000. There was a great depth of participation in nearly all categories of guns. Notable offerings were spectacular guns from the Paul Tudor Jones II Collection. An ivory stocked Model 66, once owned by Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and realized $230,000. A fine Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling Gun on tripod was estimated at $150,000-250,000 but it together with two drum magazines (sold immediately after) generated a total of $346,150.00. A rare cased #5 Texas Paterson, estimated at $300,000-600,000, generated $345,000. Another prime and important collection offered in this sale came from the Don and Kathlee Bryan Collection. It was billed as the finest collection of Confederate pistols ever assembled. Indeed the prices reflected that. Nearly all of the guns in the Bryan Collection were either the finest example known or was one of the only type to exist. A unique Sisterdale Confederate Dragoon was the only such example in existence. It carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and went out at $253,000. General Beauregard’s personal LeMat revolver, believed to be the finest condition of any Confederate revolver in existence, carried a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000 and generated $224,250.
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