James D. Julia, Inc.

Lamp & Glass Division
Upcoming Auction.
Spotlight
Spotlight
Jewelry continues to be a growing segment of our division, with great offerings such as this 5.1 CT Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Lady's ring sold in our June 2015 sale. The ring sold for $15,405 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,500-$10,000.
   
Notable Treasure
Tiffany art glass has been a staple of our sales for years, and continues to perform well at auction.This 13.5" LCT signed flower form vase, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 nearly tripled the pre-sale low estimate, selling for $8,295.


James D. Julia, Inc.
Summer in Maine
by Mark Ford, CEO

As I am writing this, it is a beautiful day here in Maine. As many of you know, it tends to be a little brisk up here in Maine most of the year, but this is one of those spectacular days, the temperatures are in the low 90s, the sun is shining and not a cloud in the sky. Late summer in Maine is picturesque, the goldenrod has bloomed, the black-eyed-Susans are blooming, and there is just a hint of change of color in some of the trees driving to work.

Article Image End of August is also the time for our fantastic end of summer sale for the Fine Art, Asian and Antiques division. This year Tony, Katya, Bill, Megan and the rest of the team have put together an extraordinary auction featuring over $6 million of... Read more




What's It Worth What's it worth.

This wonderful Daum Nancy winter scene cameo lamp surpassed its presale estimate of $9,000-$12,000 to sell for $16,590


If you have a rare lamp or glass item and want to know "What's it Worth," please take a picture and email it to us at lg@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

 
The New York State of Mind By Mike Fredericks, Department Head- James D Julia Inc.

Every once in a while, when talking with a potential consignor with a great piece, I hear those dreaded words "...this piece should probably be sold in New York." This is the 'Old-School' notion that a rare or valuable piece will automatically bring more money if sold at one of the New York auction houses. While name recognition carries a certain mystique, the fact is that wherever the piece sells, the seller wants the greatest financial return from the auction process, and New York may not be the place to get that. What do I mean? Let's take a $50,000 item and look at the potential from both the Buyer and Seller sides.

On the Seller's side, a $50,000 item at James D. Julia's is going to qualify for a 0% sellers commission, and a 1% Insurance charge. No questions, no haggling. There will be

no photography fee, no cataloging fee, no handling fee, and in most cases, we pick the items up in our truck with our employees at no additional charge. If the item sells at $50,000 the seller receives $49,500.

That same item sold in New York City will most likely be at least 10% commission (-$5,000), there will be photography and cataloging fees (-$500+/-), and there is a good chance you may have to ship the item to them or pay their transportation fees (-$300+/-). The net result is a check for $44,500 minus your cost of shipping. Even if the item sold 10% higher in New York, the seller would STILL net more money in their pocket at Julia's, because our commission rates are more competitive and we have no additional fees! I don't know too many people that wouldn't want to have the

additional $5,000 in their own pocket, rather than the auction house's pocket.

On the Buyer's side, nearly all auction companies charge a Buyer's Premium. Most of the New York houses average 23%, while James D. Julia charges 18.5%. This means that a bidder at Julia's can actually bid higher and pay less total money. On that Julie Killam and Mike Fredericks same $50,000 hammer price, the New York buyer will pay $61,500, while at Julia's they will pay $59,250, again allowing...
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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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