History of James D. Julia, Inc.

Original auction barn circa 1907

In the mid-1960s Arthur Julia, James D. Julia’s father, started a small country auction house which quickly became popular in central Maine. In 1974, James D. Julia graduated from college and purchased the business from his father. Jim continued in his father’s footsteps and over the next several decades he expanded and grew the business into one of the top 10 antique auction houses in North America as measured by gross sales. In December of 2017, Jim merged his company with Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania to create a synergistic team of passionate staff members to better serve our customers and strengthen the antiques and collectibles industry.

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Priorities

President James Julia with former chief gun consultant, the late J.R. LaRue

James D. Julia, Inc. and Morphy Auctions share a common set of priorities designed to guide us to deliver the best results in the auction industry for our consignors, and to ensure that Julia’s and Morphy’s remain among the foremost auctioneers in North America. They are part of our history and the reason for our ongoing 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 focus on items and collections of quality, rarity, and value.
  • To focus on generating the highest return to our consignors.

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Our Divisions

Rare Firearms Division

When firearms enthusiasts think of buying or selling at auction, they think of James D. Julia. As the world leader in auctioning valuable rare and collectible firearms, Julia’s has routinely offered the finest firearms to be found at auction and handled many extraordinary firearms for the most recognized collectors in the firearms industry. Now the newly merged and expanded firearms team of James D. Julia, Inc. and Morphy Auctions will look to build upon this incredible foundation of success for years to come. Click to view Past Successes

Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Division

The Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Division is the leader in this genre throughout North America. This division specializes all things lighting and glass with a growing selection fine jewelry and occasional silver, and the last two auctions for this division have generated nearly $6 million in gross sales. Led by Mike Fredericks, 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. Mike will continue to lead this division into the future as a division of Morphy Auctions. 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. This division routinely handles complete estates as well as individual items in almost any antique collectible category, and works with estate representatives, trust departments, executors and collectors from all over North America and beyond. One of the biggest advantages to this division from our recent merger with Morphy Auctions is the blending both teams of leading experts to enhance processes, descriptions and valuations. Click to view Past Successes