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Outstanding Pair of Needlework Memorials
Outstanding Pair of Needlework Memorials
Maine is known for many wonderful things - the "Vacationland" license plate is no accident!...
by Mark Ford, CEO

James D. Julia Auctioneers is known for many strengths and attractions as well. We are one of the Top Ten auctioneers in North America (measured by annual sales). Our firearms division is world renown and sells more rare, collectible and expensive firearms than any other auctioneer in the world. Our other two divisions: Rare Lamps, Glass and Fine Jewelry and Fine Art, Asian and Antiques produce sales that are anticipated and followed internationally. We are known for bringing fabulous collections that are "fresh" to the market.

Maine is known for many wonderful things - the Vacationland license plate is no accident!Over the past few years however, I've noticed that we've become the go-to auction house for fine examples of paintings by the Cape Ann School of artists in Massachusetts. Cape Ann refers to a... Read more


What's It Worth

This Rare & Unique American Mule Copper Weathervane (estimate $20,000-30,000) Sold for $117,300

This Rare & Unique American Mule Copper Weathervane (estimate $20,000-30,000) Sold for $117,300

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?" please take a picture and email us at antiques@jamesdjulia.com.

 
Like Finding A Needle In A Haystack Or The Golden Ticket
By Bill Gage, Department Head - James D Julia Inc.
One of the rarest and most famous United States stamps issued by the U. S. Postal Service was the 1918 issue of the 24 cent stamp showing the Curtiss JN-4H biplane or Jenny on it. This stamp was rushed into production to celebrate the first airmail flight. In May of that year a single page of 100 stamps is sold to William T. Robey a cashier from Washington, D.C. He had just purchased the only misprints of this stamp to fall into private hands. The misprint shows the "Jenny" upside down! A block of four inverted Jennys from this original block of 100 was sold at a Robert A. Siegel auction in October 2005 for $2.7 million. (This would make the original block of 100 worth $67,500,000!)

Fast forward to 2013. The Postal Service reissues the "misprinted" inverted Jenny stamp to commemorate the rarest of all misprints. But in a twist of marketing the Postal Service secretly produces 100 sheets of 6 stamp blocks of the new Jenny stamp right side up, creating a rarity "misprint " of the original misprint. They are among the 2.2 million sheets of six $2

stamps issued. All sheets are individually wrapped in sealed envelopes to recreate the excitement of finding an inverted Jenny when opening the envelope and to avoid the possibility of discovering a corrected Jenny prior to purchase.

Individuals purchasing one of the 100 noninverted Jenny sheets find a congratulatory note inside the wrapping asking them to call a phone number to receive a certificate of acknowledgment signed by Postmaster General Patrick. This was very much in the tradition of Charlie from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory finding the "Golden Ticket" in the chocolate bar.

Of the 2.2 million 6 stamp sheets produced approximately only one half have been sold and only 24 "non-inverted" stamp blocks have been found. The Postal Agency has admitted to a huge mistake that broke the agency's own rules, which prohibit postal officials from intentionally creating a rare stamp just to make money. The other twist is that the Postal

Service kept back 23 sheets to distribute later but now under the controversy may not distribute them, so that instead of the rarity of 100 sheets there actually may only be 77 sheets allowed into the public.

James D Julia, Inc. has been selected to sell the most recent 24th sheet found of this rare issue. This sheet was purchased in Waterville Maine in Mid- September and will be sold in Julia's auction in February of 2016.

2013 Sheet of Un-Inverted Jenny Stamps

2013 Sheet of Un-Inverted Jenny Stamps


At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.
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