Past Catalogs

November Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Totals Over $1.4 Million!

November 7, 2014

November Catalog Cover
November Catalog Cover

Touted as one of Julia’s finest fall toy, doll & advertising auctions in recent memory, the auction had all the makings for a blockbuster right from the start. Drawn fresh from three major collections, combined with select pieces from individuals from all over the United States, it was a nonstop parade of quality, condition, rarity, and diversity. With estimates that were realistic and conservative, bidders were treated to one spectacular piece after another. And the results were phenomenal, setting a few world auction records along the way. When the final hammer fell, Julia’s tallied over $1.4 Million, nearly a half million dollars over the total presale estimate of approximately $935,000.

We are currently accepting consignments for our Spring 2015 Auction. Whether you have a single item or an entire collection, please contact us today!


June Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Totals Over $1.2 Million!

June 13, 2014

June Catalog Cover
June Catalog Cover

Julia’s recent toy, doll & advertising auction was a tremendous success, showing strong prices in nearly every category with a final tally of just over $1.2 Million! The auction boasted a stellar offering that ranged from early American tin to clockwork toys, fine French & German dolls, early Steiff animals, antique advertising, salesman samples, and much more. For approximately 45 years, Julia’s has been at the forefront of the auction world, regularly handling quality estates and collections with aplomb. We are now accepting quality consignments for our fall Toy & Doll auction. Whether you have one item or an entire collection, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Be sure to ask about our special 0% seller’s commission for expensive items. Here is a mere sampling of some of our recent successes. Let us make yours the next success story.


November Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Totals Over $750K!

November 22, 2013


Praised as one of the fresher and diverse offerings of quality antique advertising, toys and dolls to come to market this year, James D. Julia’s auction team didn’t disappoint buyer or seller with strong prices to match the strong offering. Seeing tremendous online participation, which accounted for a sizeable share of the day’s approximate $750,000 take, Julia’s by and large saw prices returning to healthy pre-recession levels. This was all part of a three-day auction extravaganza that was complemented by $2 Million+ of fine glass and lamps held the two previous days. While most items found buyers, there are a number of lots that are available. To make a reasonable offer on unsold items, please contact our offices today.

Adv., Toy & Doll Dept. Head Andrew Truman will be traveling through Eastern Massachusetts, Southeast Pennsylvania, Down to Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Central Tennessee before returning to Maine on February 2, 2014. Whether you have a single high quality item or an entire collection, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew or Julie Killam at (207) 453-7125.


June Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Grosses Over $1.2 Million!

June 21, 2013


Julia’s recent toy, doll & advertising auction was a tremendous success, showing strong prices in every category. It comes down to formula of just the right puzzle pieces fitting together for the absolute best results. It starts with fresh to the market, quality items in great condition that are fresh to the market and conservatively estimated. It then requires an adept auction company with the solid experience, reputation and marketing program to reach the most active bidders for the items to attain their highest levels. This most recent auction boasted a final gross over $1.2 Million against a presale estimate of $816,000. There is no beating Julia’s to get you the greatest return for your items or collections.


Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
HITS NEARLY $900,000!

November 30, 2012


Julia’s recently completed their 2012 auction season with a three-day auction event. Days I & 2 was a tremendous array of fine glass & lamps followed by a full day consisting of an incredible offering of rare toys, choice antique advertising, salesman samples, fine French & German dolls, and much more. Once again quality, condition and rarity played a part alongside Julia’s stellar marketing program to result in strong prices in nearly every category. We are now accepting quality consignments for our spring Toy & Doll auction. Whether you are considering one item or an entire collection, please contact us today.


Summer Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction
Hits a Cool Million!

June 22nd, 2012


Julia’s recent toy, doll & advertising auction hit just above the million dollar mark against a pre-auction estimate of items sold of approximately $750,000. Results were a clear indication that buyer optimism is up, especially for fresh to the market quality goods that are conservatively estimated. The auction boasted a stellar offering that ranged from early American tin horse drawn pieces to American and European clockwork automotive toys, pedal cars, fine French & German dolls, antique advertising, coin-op, salesman samples, music machines, and much more.


Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Hits Over $750,000!

November 30, 2011


Julia’s recently completed their 2011 auction season with a three-day auction event. Day I consisted of an incredible offering of rare toys, choice antique advertising, fine French & German dolls, coin-op, music machines, and much more. Once again quality, condition and rarity played a part alongside Julia’s stellar marketing program to result in strong prices in nearly every category. We are now accepting quality consignments for our spring Toy & Doll auction. Whether you are considering one item or an entire collection, please contact us today.


Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Totals Nearly $1.4 Million!

May 4th & 5th, 2011


As the economy continues to rebound, the auction world is seeing increased optimism and stronger, pre-recession results. Julia’s recent two-day, 650 lot toy, doll & advertising auction saw tremendous activity and rocketed to a nearly $1.4 Million total against a pre-auction estimate of $1.2 Million. Fresh-to-the market quality goods that are conservatively estimated, combined with Julia’s first-rate marketing program remains a recipe for success.


Annual Summer Auction
A Tremendous Success, Grossing Nearly $2.1 Million!

June 30, 2010 | July 1, 2010


Our June 30 & July 1 Toy, Doll & Advertising auction was a tremendous success, grossing nearly $2.1 Million! (nearly a half million dollars over a presale estimate of items sold of approximately $1.6 Million). The Bergmann Santa and sleigh pulled by goats brought a phenomenal $161,000 making it the most expensive American tin toy sold in the last 15+ years! It is also the most expensive toy of any type sold at auction in the last 2-3 years anywhere in the world. We and our consignors are absolutely elated with the results. The Malcolm Deisenroth collection of early American tin toys was touted as the finest and most significant of its type to ever come to auction (and sales results certainly confirmed that). The collection brought approximately $1.04 Million against expectations of approximately $870,000.

In addition to Deisenroth’s fabulous collection were other quality consignments including mechanical banks, coin-op, fine dolls, salesman samples, antique advertising, and more, many of which performed admirably including an all original Caille upright double slot machine that sold for $80,500 (est. $45-65,000). In our present economy, it is very difficult to predict what auction results will be, but this sale proved that fresh to the market, quality goods that are reasonably estimated are still bringing strong money.

See the Selected Highlights for more of the outstanding prices realized. Despite the great success, some items did not sell. Why not check the list of no-sales and contact Andrew Truman or Julie Killam if you wish to make a reasonable offer on any of the unsold items? All offers made are subject to our buyer’s premium.


Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
Hits 35% Over Estimate at $575K!

November 21, 2009


Our November toy, doll & advertising auction was a tremendous success, helping to make 2009 a stellar year for Julia’s. Thanks to our customers and clients and some spectacular collections and consignments, strong (and sometimes record) prices were realized for fresh, quality goods that were estimated conservatively. Our recent auction realized approximately 35% over low estimate and included highlights such as a rare Jumeau 211 screamer that brought $37,375. A salesman sample ice cutter sold for $7,130 against a $1,000-1,500 estimate. A scale model locomotive exceeded its $3,000-5,000 estimate to sell for $10,350. A rare Hoyt’s clockwork animated picture sold for $9,200 against a $4,000-6,000 estimate. A Lehmann “Busy Coolies” toy estimated for $2,000-3,000 sold for $4,312. A Yellow Kid gum vendor brought $12,075 over its $5,000-10,000 estimate and a “Whiffs of Fragrance” perfumer brought $9,200 against a $5,000-8,000 estimate. If there were ever concerns over an uncertain economy, 2009 ardently proved otherwise showing strong bidder confidence.


Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Totals $1.3 Million!

June 26, 2009


Our June 26th Toy & Doll Auction Pre-Sale Estimate was $796,000, but the price realized was $1.3 Million!! The very first lot, #1000 was estimated at $800-$1,200 and sold after a brief, but brisk bidding battle for $1,207. Lot #1001, the very next lot estimated at $3,000-$4,000 sold for $14,350. Lot #1002, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 hammered at $3,450. And so it went all the way to a very impressive total of $1.3 Million! The performance of the sold items was 63% over low estimate. A most impressive sale indeed. The best results for a Julia Toy & Doll Auction in the last two and a half years. Despite the declining economy, not only did their Glass & Lamp Auction the week before perform at $1.8 Million but it was also the finest offering to date this year at a Glass & Lamp Auction anywhere in the world. The Firearms Auction performed equally and admirably in March grossing $11.5 Million and was probably one of the finest offerings of antique firearms ever. None of this is a fluke. Late in 2008 with the declining economy, the Julia management team made a decision to take a somewhat radical approach to the depressed economy. Their new business model: “charge less and give greater service to both the buyer and the seller.” The success of this new model as exhibited by the past three auctions is unquestionable. The Toy & Doll auction was extraordinarily appealing for diversity, outstanding condition, rarity and most importantly reasonable estimates with few or no reserves. This auction was a buying opportunity and boasted one of the largest crowds present at a Toy & Doll Auction in recent years. The much touted “Julia Stimulus Plan” featuring the most competitive commission structures in the industry (and a series of amenable benefits to both the buyers and sellers) has proven to be just what customers are looking for in this down economy. Andrew Truman is already working on consignments for the Fall Toy, Doll & Antique Advertising Auction, whether you have one item or an entire collection, call him immediately. This sale already looks like it will be another outstanding offering. Call Today!


Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
Hits 33% Over Estimate at $950K

November 20, 2008


Quality and condition met with great enthusiasm from bidders at our fall 2008 Toy, Doll, Advertising, and Coin-op auction. The final gross was over $950,000 against a pre-auction estimate of items sold of approximately $637,000. Despite some feelings of economic uncertainty, the auction market for quality antiques remains vibrant and strong as evidenced by this recent sale. Highlights included the Geraldine Gaba Estate of Scottsdale, Arizona whose superb 50-year collection of dollhouses and miniatures was considered one of the finest collections of its type to hit the market in many years. This collection was joined by fine French dolls, German characters, a wide variety of slot machines and other coin-op, rare and desirable toys, music machines, quality advertising, salesman samples, and much more. With 40 years in the business, Julia’s offers tremendous expertise, a remarkable reputation for honest and fair dealing, and the most competitive commission rates in the industry. No one will get you a greater net return for your valuable items. Below is a selection of highlights from our recent sale. Whether you have one item or an entire collection, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.


Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
June Auction a Blockbuster at $1.1 million!

June 28, 2008


James D. Julia’s recent Toy, Doll, Advertising, and Coin-op Auction was a resounding success seeing strong prices throughout the day. Quality and condition met with great enthusiasm from bidders. The final gross was over $1.1 million against a pre-auction estimate of items sold of approximately $850,000. The fantastic array of fresh-to-the-market goods gathered from across the United States and North America included a huge offering of coin-op and music machines, a stellar selection of fine French and German dolls, dollhouses, American and European tin and cast iron toys, Disney & comic characters, boxed Japanese toys, rare advertising items, salesman samples, and much more. Our special thanks to all who participated in this outstanding auction! We are now accepting consignments for our fall auction. And remember: quality items plus quality promotion equals quality results.


Fall 2007 Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
44% Over Pre-Auction Low Estimate of Items Sold at $437K

November 14, 2007


James D. Julia, Inc. is pleased to announce our Fall 2007 Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction. This will be a fabulous array of fresh-to-the-market goods gathered from across the United States and North America. Included will be merchandise for both the beginning and the advanced collector, featuring American and European tin toys, cast iron, pressed steel, fine French and German dolls, trains for both the layout and display, rare advertising items, salesman samples, and much more. With crossover appeal to collectors of both salesman samples and doll furniture is an outstanding collection of furniture and accessories from the estate of prominent New England collector, Beverly Darling. Miscellaneous items include a rare salesman sample road grader, music machines, and much more. This will be a fast paced auction you won’t want to miss.


Spring 2007 Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction
Over $1.1 Million inTop-Shelf Toys and Dolls!

June 23, 2007


Julia’s is no stranger to success and record prices; for nearly 40 years, the firm has continually added to their mountain of world auction records for fine antiques of every kind. Their finely tuned marketing program, stunning catalogs, a knowledgeable and obliging staff, and an amazing assemblage of fresh and desirable merchandise is their recipe for a booming high energy auction. When the final hammer dropped, the sale realized over $1.1 Million, more than 46% over a pre-auction estimate of items sold of approximately $750,000.


Important Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction
A Success at Over $800k!

November 10, 2006


Julia’s Auctions Takes Planes, Trains & Automobiles to New Heights! Old time transportation toys comprised a central portion of James D. Julia’s recent fall auction, much to the delight of collectors. And that was only the beginning. The total low estimate of items sold was approximately $493,000, and when the final hammer dropped, Julia’s realized just over $830,000, setting several new World Auction Records along the way.

Item Sold
Marklin Train Station $40,250
Caille Wasp $14,950
Santa Sleigh $19,550
Lucky Strike Display $34,500
Door of Hope Manchu Woman $9,200
Santa Sleigh $21,275
Hubley Sirius plane $4,600
Chauffeur Jack-o-lantern $2,300
French papier mache bulldog $3,737
Chero Crush syrup dispenser $14,375
Friendship airplane $6,325
Caille Quintette $29,900
Paris Bebe $6,325
Statue of Liberty bank $2,875
Bing Truck & Trailer $8,050

Spring Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction
Low estimate: $780,000 / Final Total: $1.3 Million!

May 20, 2006


This sale featured a select group of quality banks and toys together with an offering of dolls, patent models and antique advertising. The banks were the finest condition this firm has ever offered.

Item Sold
Pug Frog Bank $51,750
Boy Scout Bank $24,150
Fischer Motorcycle $21,275
Calamity Bank $40,250
Chief Big Moon Bank $33,350
Hubley Amusement Park Ride $31,625
Hubley Bandwagon $20,700
Large Marklin Limo $35,650
Ives Perambulator $20,125
Ives “Hook Behind” $20,125


Important Winter Toy & Doll Auction
A Fabulous Success at $2.6 Million!

February 17th-19th, 2005


James D. Julia, together with Sales Coordinator Andrew Truman, in conjunction with Jay Lowe and Mike Caffarella take great pride in announcing the most successful February 3-session auction. Outstanding dolls, the fabulous collection of Bob & Jackie Stewart of Aberdeen, SD, important other toys, rare coin-op, advertising, and music machines did extremely well.

World Auction Record!


Ex-Barenholtz Collection: this Carpenter “Tally Ho”
in outstanding condition is the pride of the
Stewart’s collection
SOLD: $92,500


Important Doll, Toy & Advertising Auction
A Fabulous Success at $1.3 Million!

June 25 & 26, 2004


This important sale will consist of various fine collections including the collection of Sarah Kane of Fresh Meadows, NY, Pat Collins’ collection from Charlotte, NC, together with an important collection of rare automatons and other fine doll collections. Also included will be good toys, music boxes, antique advertising, trains, and more. Over 1,600 lots.



Spectacular All Original 15″ Bru Jne “4”
SOLD: $34,500


Fall Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
Total of 2 Day Session: $1,461,552

November 6 & 7, 2003


Jim Julia (right) poses with a happy Hildreth Rodrigues (center) , daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stanwood Schmidt, holding the $46,000 William & Mary doll. Also in the photo are friends of the Schmidts, Howard and Jan Foulke (authors of the renowned Blue Book of Dolls & Values) and well known doll expert Jay Lowe who cataloged the sale, together with his wife Connie Lowe, who is one of the nation’s leading doll conservators.


Total of Schmidt Collection: $1,099,072


Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
A Success at Over $730k!

June 27 & 28, 2003


Item Sold
Kaleidoscope Candy Container $22,425
Buckley Bones Dice Game $17,825
Seeburg KT Nickelodeon $14,662
Boy Robbing Bird’s Nest Bank $9,487
Smilin’ Sam Peanut Vendor $4,370
Orange Crush porc. sign $3,450
Red Goose Neon Sign $3,737
Koken’s Leaded Barber Pole $3,105
French Tea Party Automaton $2,587
Magician Bank $4,140
Smilin’ Sam Peanut Vendor $4,370
Orange Crush porc. sign $3,450
Smilin’ Sam Peanut Vendor $4,370
Orange Crush porc. sign $3,450

Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
Sale Grosses Over $875k!

November 22 & 23, 2002


Item Sold
Regina Auto Disc Changer $20,125
Monkey Automaton $19,655
Cylinder Music Box w/ Clocks $17,825
Steam Train $7,475
Washing Machine Patent Model $4,600
Windmill Patent Model $4,255
Optometrist Trade Sign $3,220
Dr. Siegert’s Bitters Sign $2,645
Fulling Mill Patent Model $2,645
The Artist German Toy $2,012
Buck Rogers Roller Skates $2,012

Spring Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
Over $450k Sold!

June 29, 2002


Item Sold
German Polyphon 24 1/2″ Disc Playing Music Box $14,375
Caille “Olympic” Strength Tester $12,937
Lg. Outdoor sign for Indian & Henderson Motorcycles $11,787
Rare Maxfield Parrish Jell-O Display $10,637
Regina 15 1/2″ Disc Playing Music Box $10,637
Cardboard Sign for Snow Boy Washing Powder $9,775
Paper Sign for Dr. Russell’s Pepsin Calisaya Bitters $8,970
Dr. Swett’s Figural Syrup Dispenser $5,462
Smilin’ Sam from Alabam’ Peanut Vendor $4,312
42″ Kestner 260 Doll $4,255
Lg. Folk Art Figural Boot Trade Sign $4,140
Maxfield Parrish Mazda Bulb Display $3,737
American Girl Shoes Die-Cut Tin Sign $3,680
Patriot Shoe Self-Framed Tin Sign $3,105

Fall Advertising, Toy, & Doll Auction
Reaches Over $475k!

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2001


Held at our Fairfield, Maine facilities on November 30th and December 1st, 2001 the first day of the auction featured the famous Uncle Sam memorabilia collection of Gerald Czulewicz. About 400 lots were offered the first day, including James M. Flagg originals and the actual Uncle Sam uniform that Flagg used in the production of his famous poster. Over 500 lots were offered the second day, including country store, coin-op, toys, dolls, Coca-Cola items, a great Koch’s salesman’s sample porcelain barber chair and many other fine items.