Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

The Spectacular Collections of Ray Bentley Featuring the Finest and Rarest Deluxe Antique Winchesters in the World

Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

Extraordinary Marlin Engraved 1893 Lever Action Rifle Presented to Annie Oakley

Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

Historic Royal French Flintlock Repeating Rifle by Sebastian Hauschka for King Louis XV

Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

Fantastic Presentation Cased & Engraved w/All Accessories Colt 1851 Navy (Ray Bentley Collection)

Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

The Centerpiece to a Colt Collection, Fine Colt 1839 Paterson Rifle

Extraordinary Firearms Auction | March 21-23, 2018

Finest Pair of Consecutive Numbered Confed. Manf’d Pistols Known, Rigdon & Ansley Revolvers

Spring 2018 Extraordinary Firearms Auction

How to Participate in the Auction

The catalog for our Spring 2018 Extraordinary Firearms Auction, to be held at our Fairfield, Maine facility on March 21, 22 & 23, is now online! Printed catalogs will be available in early March, please contact our office if you would like to receive them.

As you may know, James D. Julia, Inc. has recently merged with Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania. We want to assure you that this auction will be the same as all past Julia auctions. Jim Julia will be on the podium, we will be here to greet and service our clients, and the full Julia’s team will be ensuring that the auction executes seamlessly. Please visit our website for more information about the merger.

This is the final auction to be held at James D. Julia, Inc.’s fabled Fairfield, Maine auction barn before all future auctions move to Morphy Aucitons in Denver, PA, and it will be one for the ages. This auction features over 1300 lots from prominent private and estate collections, along with important fresh to market contributions from coast-to-coast, making this Grand Finale auction a must for the discerning collector and shooter alike.

Headlining this auction, Julia’s is honored and extremely pleased to present the first phase of the magnificent lifetime collections of the late Ray Bentley. At the time of his recent passing, Ray’s Winchester collection was regarded as unquestionably the finest and most important of its kind in the world today. In addition to his incomparable Winchesters, Ray amassed innumerable other collections with the same discerning eye. His spectacular silver trophy collection is like nothing you will probably ever see again. Also offered from the Bentley collection will be countless high condition longarms, Colt and S&W handguns, edged weapons, rare ammunition and much more.

Additional fine Winchesters and Colts from the Bruce Burtner collection will also be featured, as will treasures from the Fritz Baehr, Daryl Middlebrook and Robert Roughton collections. Top shelf offerings from the esteemed private collection of Rafael Cruz include an extraordinary Marlin 1893 Deluxe engraved with gold & platinum Inlays presented by Marlin to Annie Oakley. Also, the only known matched presentation pair of Helfrecht engraved silver plated Colt SAAs with rich South Texas history, and many others.

As advanced collectors of rare Class 3/NFA machine guns have come to expect from Julia’s, over 100 NFA items will lead off the sale on the first day highlighted by an exceptionally rare C&R Colt R-75A machine gun along with important Thompsons, H&Ks, Colts and superb advanced weapons of all kinds.

An extraordinary offering of antique arms will come to the block during this auction, led by a historic Royal French Flintlock Repeating Rifle by Sebastian Hauschka for King Louis XV, incised with the inventory number of the French Royal Cabinet d’Armes #464, and a masterpiece of elegance, a cased four gun garniture by French master arms maker Nicholas Noel Boutet.

Rare Civil War and Confederate items have always been a mainstay at Julia’s and this sale is no exception. The finest pair of consecutive numbered Confederate manufactured pistols known, Rigdon & Ansley revolvers SN 1774/5 and a fine Civil War Ames 1863-dated bronze 12-pounder Mountain Howitzer are the headlines, along with a superb selection of edged weapons and Martial arms round out this genre.

Great sporting arms have been a hallmark at Julia’s for decades and this auction does not disappoint with the offering of the “Miracle Six”, a battery of Holland & Holland Royal Doubles made at the turn of the 20th century for Boston tycoon Nathaniel C. Nash. These guns were put into cold storage in 1915 and have been out of circulation for over 100 years, until now! Also, a magnificent pair of contemporary H&H 28 gauge gold engraved game guns and a host of best quality English and Continental guns will be sure to please. Fabulous American sporting arms from the estate collection of Daryl Middlebrook feature rare Parker shotguns and big bore fowling pieces. A one -of-a-kind consecutive SN set of Grand American style Winchester M21 Double Rifles anchor this category.

Julia’s Sporting & Collector offerings on days 2 & 3 will feature over 650 modestly priced lots across all categories, appealing to a broad base of interest and budget. Great items from the Ray Bentley collection will lead the session along with the final phase of the prestigious Warren Buxton collection of Walther related goods. Offerings from the Bruce Burtner and Robert Roughton collections will also be featured.

For more information please contact our firearms department at (207) 453-7125 or email firearms@jamesdjulia.com.

The best way to participate in the auction is to join us in Fairfield, Maine and bid in person. However, if you can’t make it the auction we still offer several easy options for you to participate:

– Complete our online Absentee Bid Form.

– Register to Telephone Bid or Absentee Bid for the auction by calling our office at (207) 453-7125 or completing the printable Absentee Bid Form

– Bid Online at www.proxibid.com or www.invaluable.com.

Please help us better serve you by having your absentee and telephone bids placed with us no later than 4:00 p.m. the day before the auction.

Make Your Plans to Attend our March 2018 Auction Today!

This will be the last auction held in our Maine facility as all future auctions will be held in Denver, PA and Las Vegas as a result of our merger with Morphy Auctions, so it is one you will not want to miss! We have reserved a block of rooms at two local hotels with special rates for our auction dates. These room blocks are first come, first served and can only be held for a short period of time, so we encourage you to make your plans and book your rooms as soon as possible. To reserve your rooms, call the hotel directly and mention the James D. Julia room block, or book online at either of the links below:

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Waterville, Maine: 207-873-0400

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Augusta, Maine: 207-622-4077

Celebration of Life In Honor of J.R. LaRue (1940-2017)

We will be holding a Celebration of Life in memory of our dear friend and colleague J.R. LaRue in conjunction with this auction. It will take place Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at The Governor Hill Mansion in nearby Augusta, Maine. It will be open to the public but we kindly request that you RSVP as soon as possible if you will be attending so we can plan accordingly. Click here for the details.

Consign With Us for Future Auctions

We have been involved in the auction business for nearly 50 years now, and for the last 15 years we have been the leading auction house in the world for high end, rare and valuable firearms. We have sold more rare and valuable sporting arms than any other auction house in the world, we are the world’s leading seller of important Civil War and Confederate items, we have also sold more Class 3 weapons than any other auction house in North America and much more. Now, with our merger to Morphy Auctions, the Morphy and Julia companies take pride going into the future with the ability to offer sellers and buyers alike the finest auction experience in the world.

After our Spring Extraordinary Firearms Auction on March 21, 22 & 23, all future auctions will take place at Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. For more information on the consignment process and to get started, please use the links below…

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