History of James D. Julia, Inc.

Original auction barn circa 1907

Mid 1960s: Arthur Julia, James D. Julia’s father, starts a small country auction house which quickly becomes popular in central Maine. 1974: James D. Julia graduates from college and purchases the business from his father. Jim continues in his father’s footsteps and expands and grows the business into a well-respected auction firm. 1980s: The company grows by leaps and bounds and is known as a significant regional New England auction house. After studying and responding to market trends and customers’ needs, the company begins organizing into specialty divisions as well as producing high…

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Priorities

President James Julia with chief gun consultant J.R. LaRue

Our core priorities are designed to guide us to deliver the best results for our consignors in the auction industry, and to ensure that Julia’s remains one of the foremost auctioneers in North America. They have not, and will not, change over time. They are part of our history and the reason for our ongoing sales success. They include:

  • To operate in an environment of fairness and honesty.
  • To be professional and personable.
  • To provide the finest level of service in the industry.
  • To continue to offer the lowest commission rates in the industry.
  • To focus on items and collections of quality, rarity, and value.
  • To focus on generating the highest return to our consignors.

Our Four Divisions

Rare Firearms Division

When firearms enthusiasts think of buying or selling at auction, they think of James D. Julia. The company’s March, 2012 firearms auction was the largest grossing firearms auction ever in history. At over $18.5 million, nothing else had ever come close to that figure. The company’s October, 2012 sale was a close second, at $16 million. The company is the national leader in this category and routinely offers the finest firearms to be offered at auction. Over the years, Julia’s has handled many extraordinary firearms.Click to view Past Successes

Lamp & Glass Division

The Rare Glass and Lamp Division is the leader in this genre throughout North America. This division specializes all things lighting and glass with occasional fine jewelry and silver. Auctions regularly gross over $1 million in sales; a few years back Julia’s tripled that mark with a $3 million sales event. The division is well known for its outstanding offerings of Tiffany, Handel, Pairpoint, Duffner and Kimberly lighting, as well as numerous lesser-known makers of high quality lamp and glass products. Over the years, Julia’s has handled many extraordinary glass and lamp treasures. Click to view Past Successes

Advertising, Toy & Doll Division

James D. Julia’s Antique Toy, Doll & Advertising group is one of the four leading divisions of its type in North America and regularly establishes both national and world records. The department is also one of the oldest such divisions in the country. In recent years the division has developed a focus on more unique and unusual items, including salesman’s samples and one-of-a-kind items. The division’s average sale value per lot is usually one of the highest in the industry, which in part allows Julia’s to represent some of the finest collectionsand collectors-across the nation. Over the years, Julia’s has handled many extraordinary toys, dolls, and antique advertising materials. Click to view Past Successes

Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division

One of James D. Julia’s most expansive divisions, this unit conducts two auctions per year and has an international reputation for excellence. With sales routinely grossing $3 million to $5 million per auction, this division has established numerous world and national records. With the growth and interest in the Asian Art market continuing to rise, Julia’s has taken a leadership position in this category by bringing on James Callahan, Antiques Roadshow regular and one of the top Asian Arts specialists in the country. This division normally handles complete estates and has individual items in almost any antique collectible category. Over the years, Julia’s has handled many extraordinary antiques, works of arts, and decorative items. Click to view Past Successes