Rare Firearms Division
James D. Julia is the foremost firearms auction company in the world with auctions that have exceeded $19,000,000, and over the past five years, our Rare Firearms Division has conducted some of the highest grossing gun auctions in history. Sellers will be pleased to know that our average sale value per lot recently topped $15,000; our industry competitors range from $800-3,000 per lot. In October 2008, we sold a rare Colt Walker pistol for $920,000, the most expensive single firearm ever auctioned at the time. We excel at marketing and selling rare and valuable firearms, including important Winchesters, rare Colts, high art shotguns, Civil War, and Class III machine guns, among others.
Julia’s recent addition of the Sporting and Collector sessions expands the selection of firearms offered at Julia’s into a more affordable $2,000 to $8,000 price range. This is the perfect compliment to our traditional Extraordinary Rare and Collectible firearms auctions.
While other auction companies focus on sheer volume over quality, we have maintained our focus on outstanding firearms. And, as a result, we have an impressive, loyal, and global customer base for our high-grade firearms and militaria. The collections we’ve handled in recent years reads like a “Who’s Who” in the gun world. Joe Murphy, Estate of Norm Flayderman, Estate of Elmer Keith, Tommy Rholes Collection, Douglas Sirkin Collection, Bill Stewart Collection, Evergreen Ventures Collection of Class III and Militaria, Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection, Paul Tudor Jones Collection, Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection and more.
The success of this division is in part due to our extraordinary team, without question the finest in the gun auction business today. Our team consists of members with decades of experience and a reputation for integrity. Tony Wilcox, Wes Dillon, Jeremy Hatch, John Keene, Josh Loewensteiner, John Sexton, Tom Power and JR LaRue. Each of them has an extraordinary and diverse background in the firearms and auction world. They are also supported by our administrative team of Tara Fredette, Chelsea Semple and Nell Inman.
Tony Wilcox brings over 30 years of experience in the firearms business to the Julia’s team. Tony’s primary focus is Colts, Winchesters and 20th Century military firearms. However, with over 30 years with 200 plus days a year on the road attending gun shows, Tony has been exposed to thousands of different firearms and with this hands on experience has a fabulous knowledge of firearms and their market values. Tony also understands the retail side of the firearms business, owning an operating his own gun store in the Washington D.C. area.
Wes Dillon, Julia’s senior consultant and sales agent, came to work for Julia’s in June 2007. He has an extensive background in rare firearms. Wes attended the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He is one of the founding members of the world-famous Cabela’s Gun Library and eventually became the managing head. His many years of management skills, his superb client relationship skills and his great professionalism and attention to detail have helped to create a superior customer approach in our Rare Firearms Division.
Jeremy Hatch is our newest Firearms Sales Representative, but he is not new to firearms nor to sales. A graduate of the University of Maine system, Jeremy brings a breadth of experience to the Julia’s team. For the eleven years prior to joining Julia’s, he was a Senior Sales and Marketing Executive with Shooting Sportsman magazine and has attended many trade and consumer firearms shows around the country, working closely with individual clients and companies. A lover of fine double guns and pointing dogs, Jeremy is “hands on” in the field as well. He grew up in a sporting family and to this day can often be found wandering through the mountains or sitting in a duck blind. He is a member of the NRA, Ruffed Grouse Society, American Woodcock Society, North American Versatile Hunting Dogs Association, North American Deutsch Kurzhaar Club, and the Maine Trappers Association. Jeremy is a fully licensed Master Maine Guide for almost twenty years, a great accomplishment in and of itself.
Josh Loewensteiner, Julia’s regional Sales Agent, is a lifelong firearms enthusiast who began studying, collecting and shooting guns with his father and brother when he was just eight years old- he has been studying firearms for nearly 30 years! He particularly enjoys the classic American sporting guns. Josh is a Life member of the Parker Gun Collectors Association, currently serving on the Board of Directors as well as Secretary, Life Member of the NRA, a member of the Lefever Arms Collectors Association, the L.C. Smith Collectors Association, the Colt Collectors Association, the A.H. Fox Gun Collectors Association, and the Winchester Arms Collectors Association. Josh has a proven track record in delivering outstanding customer service, as well as sales and marketing success. He has been a part of the Julia’s Team since 2013 and represents clients throughout the country counseling them on their treasured firearms and has become a trusted expert in helping clients to achieve success in the monetization of firearms at auction.
J.R. LaRue (1940-2017)
J.R. LaRue passed away on Decmeber 14, 2017. J.R. headed Julia’s fine firearms consulting department, and for many years he was a key and instrumental component to the success of this division. He worked with Julia’s in various roles since 1996, but spent many years prior to that with the company on a project basis. His immense depth of experience in the gun world benefited this division tremendously for many years, and he will be greatly missed. Recent health issues had caused J.R. to relinquish some of his responsibilities, but he still enjoyed consigning collections and cataloging for our auctions as much as he could. To read more about this wonderful man and his many impressive accomplishments, please click here.
John Sexton is Julia’s Special Sales Consultant and Agent. John has long been affiliated with Julia’s as a cataloger and consultant. He is one of the world’s subject matter experts in Civil War militaria and martial arms from the late 19th century. He is also an accredited appraiser with expertise in diverse areas including firearms, art, and other high value categories. John is frequently on the road and attends over 20 regional and national shows on behalf of Julia’s annually.
John Keene is a full time staff member at Julia’s. He leads our BATF compliance efforts as well as being responsible for identifying, evaluating, appraising, and cataloging specialty military firearms for auction. He specializes in Class III machine guns from the first half of the 20th century. He also has expertise with machine guns from the 1950s onward, as well as last century military firearms. Complementing this encyclopedic knowledge is his understanding of the complex rules and regulations associated with different machine gun classes as defined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF). As such, he is a huge asset to Class III buyers and sellers, being able to facilitate and complete transfer forms properly as well as make updates and corrections to the all-important BATF Class III registry.
Mr. Keene is a retired Army combat veteran who has proudly served our country for over 28 years. Keene was a charter member and officer of the Hiram Maxim Historical Society.
Our Rare Firearms Division is the finest organization in the world for buying and selling fine firearms. Depending upon what we are handling, we utilize as many as twenty different specialty consultants to catalog goods. These consultants are some of the foremost experts in their respective fields. Many of these consultants are renowned scholars, authors and/or dealers in the trade. Members of Julia’s staff travel worldwide to acquire fine consignments.
If you have one item of quality or an entire collection, you will find dealing with our Firearms & Military Division to be easy, convenient, straightforward and extremely profitable. Call us or email us today for a discussion of your auction needs at (207) 453-7125.
Colt Walker A Company 210 (est: $500,000-1,000,000) World Record for the
most expensive single firearms sold at auction in history at that time
Sold for $920,000
Ernest Hemingway’s Westley Richards Best Quality Double Rifle
Sold for $339,250
Theodore Roosevelt’s Fox Shotgun
Sold for $862,000
Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1873 rifle of Robert H. Coleman
Sold for $391,000