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Spring 2018 Extraordinary Firearms Auction

March 21, 22, 23, 2018: 10am

Cased Four Gun Set Made by the Unrivaled Master Firearms Maker Noel Boutet
A Masterpiece of Elegance. Cased Four Gun Set Made by the Unrivaled Master Arms Maker Noel Boutet with All Accessories. To be offered in our Spring 2018 Extraordinary Firearms Auction.

The Spectacular Collections of Ray Bentley

Consignments are now closed for our Spring 2018 auction happening on March 21-23 in Fairfield, Maine and we are in the process of photographing and cataloging what will be another tremendous selection of rare and valuable firearms. We are adding more and more highlights to our website just as fast as we can. We are particularly excited to announce that in this auction we will be offering the first session of The Spectacular Collections of Ray Bentley, featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world! This will be the final auction held in Fairfield, Maine before we move to Denver, PA as part of our merger with Morphy Auctions and the hotel blocks are filling up fast, so don’t wait to make your plans to attend what will be an historic auction!

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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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February Fine Art, Asian, & Antiques Auction

February 8 & 9, 2018: 10am

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Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction Generates Over $3.3 Million

Thank you to all of our clients who helped make our February 8 & 9 Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction another spectacular success. A standing-room only crowd packed the gallery for what was the last Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction to be held in our Fairfield, Maine auction facility. Hundreds of bidders from around the world also showed strong participation via phone and internet, generating over $3.3 million in gross sales. After the hammer finally fell silent, 48 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 9 lots realized $25K or more, and 10 lots broke the $50K mark!

James D. Julia’s Fine Art, Asian & Antiques auctions enjoy a well-deserved reputation of offering only the finest selections of carefully curated paintings, and this auction did not disappoint on any level. The top lot in this event, Fernando Botero’s “A Lawyer,” made it legal at $150,750 on a $125,000-175,000 estimate. This masterpiece features a portly, pensive looking man carrying a book and is signed “Botero 98.” It appears in Marc Fumaroli’s Botero Drawings, 1999. “Happy New Year,” a painting attributed to Frenchman Paul Emile Chabas, realized $24,200 – over six times its low estimate. This joyful work comes alive with two finely dressed, cherubic children and bouquets of peony flowers. Works by Haley Lever were well represented in this sale, with his “Fishing Boats – Sunrise” from 1904 reeling in $60,500. This handsome, signed painting is titled on a Clayton-Liberatore Art Gallery label. And Morris Graves’ “War Maddened Bird Following St. Elmo’s Fire” tempera on paper soared to $81,675, more than four times its low estimate.

Enthusiasts battled over this sale’s fine selections of exceptional powder horns from important collections. A group of 13 Revolutionary War-era powder horns, carved by the “Folky Artist,” sold for $27,225. This group represents 13 of about 30 known horns carved by this artist whose name has been lost to history. He is thought to be from the south, as southern icons, such as palmetto trees, long leaf pine sprouts, and a Spanish mission, are among the subjects engraved on his horns. A French and Indian War Pennsylvania map horn changed hands at $58,080 – almost four times its low estimate. This detailed example is illustrated starting in Philadelphia and moves north along the Allegheny and its forks depicted as “Monagahny” and Ohio to Lancaster, Carlisle, Shippensburgh, Fort Louden, Fort Lettelton, Fort Stony Creek, Fort Bedford, and Fort Ledgner, and features a great drawing of Fort Pitt flying a British flag on a pole. And a Charleston, SC map horn realized a whopping $78,650 on its $8,000-12,000 estimate. This museum quality artifact is carved with exquisite attention and shows a view of Charleston and its rivers branching into the “Congarees,” “Saux Tee,” “Keeowee,” and others.

This remarkable sale also made history with its once-in-a-lifetime offerings of antique archival materials, ephemera, and items associated with important people, places, and things. Four massive hand drawn and painted planning maps used by Morton L. Deyo, a World War II hero who commanded naval gunfire support at Utah Beach in the Normandy invasion – amongst other notable accomplishments – was estimated at $800-1,200 and sold for $7,620. A “Barbary Pirate” flintlock pistol from the Stephen Decatur estate shot to $18,150 on its $1,000-2,000 estimate. Decatur led successful naval battles in both Barbary Wars, North Africa, the French Quasi War, and the War of 1812; family legend holds this pistol was a souvenir from the Barbary Coast wars. A solid gold Tiffany presentation snuff box presented by the citizens of Buffalo to Lt. John Worden made $48,400. Worden was the hero of the Victory of the Monitor Over the Merrimac. This handsomely decorated box is engraved with the battle scene between the U.S. Navy Ironclad “Monitor” and the Confederate Navy Ironclad “C.S.S. Virginia” (Merrimac), as well as other naval themes. Our catalogers noted that this is one of the most important American Civil War U.S. Navy artifacts to be presented for public auction. And a wonderful time capsule text, “Manuscript Rules And Regulations of USS Congress And USS Constitution, 1817-1821” cruised to $62,920 on its $15,000-25,000 estimate.

Enthusiasts also saluted the fine offerings of flags on offer through this sale. An iconic 12-star Confederate 1st National Flag from the renowned Boleslaw And Marie-Louise Mastai collection made $76,230. This remarkable rarity was pictured on cover of the 1973 text “The Stars and the Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History From the Birth of the Republic to the Present” by Mastai. And a Confederate Battle flag made $70,180. This incredibly rare example closely follows the pattern of ANV (Army of Northern Virginia) battle flags and is totally hand sewn.

Eye-catching Asian treasures gave this sale a touch of international intrigue. A Chinese silk embroidered robe sold for $7,260 on an $800-1,200 estimate. This early 20th century blue silk example is decorated with roundels of various figures within a landscape; its collar and seams are accented with ruyi and fastened with gilded buttons. And a Satsuma pottery vase by Yabu Meizan almost doubled its high estimate, realizing $11,495. This fine Meiji period beaker shaped vessel is exquisitely painted with a continuous waterfront landscape around the lower half and a procession of figures around the top.

Fine antiques from a wide array of specialty categories tempted collectors throughout this two day event. A cast iron “The Yankee Schoolmaster” (also known as “The Alphabet Man”) made $25,410. This toy was designed as an early educational vehicle to teach children the alphabet or various words; only a handful of these elaborately constructed rarities survived over the past 100+ years. A pair of massive, engraved walrus tusks signed by artist Nathaniel Finney blew away their $6,000-8,000 estimate to sell for $91,960. These c.1870 tusks are illustrated with vignettes of popular actors who worked in San Francisco during the 1860s-1870s, and include the founding members of the California Troup of Actors associated with the California Theatre. An outstanding solid gold Russian hinged box decorated with a micro mosaic top closed the deal at $50,820 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. Its 2″ x 3″ scene shows a man on a horse crossing a river with others following, while women are seen on foreground with soldiers. And an important carved and polychrome painted tobacconist figure of Native American man, attributed to Thomas Brooks, was on fire… eventually realizing $26,015. This truly outstanding example has provenance to Danbury, Connecticut by descent to its current owner and was featured on a 1/2 page in color in National Geographic Magazine, September 1931, vol. LX, number three, illustration VII.

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We are now accepting a consignments for future Fine Art, Asian & Antiques auctions, which will be held at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. If you have a single item, collection or estate that you would like to sell, please contact Mike Fredericks or Tony Greist, or click here to learn more.


December Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
Grosses Over $2.5 Million

December 1, 2017

December Catalog Cover
December Catalog Cover

Thank you to all of our clients who made our December 1st Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry auction a tremendous success with over $2.5 million in gross sales! The bidding was fast and furious throughout the auction, with bidders from all over the world competing over top-tier selections from Tiffany, Handel, Daum Nancy, and Galle, among others. After the hammer finally came to rest after a long and exciting day, 40 lots made $10,000-$25,000, 9 lots sold between $25,001 and $50,000, and a remarkable 8 lots realized over $50,000, pushing the total gross over $2.5 million.

This auction’s colorful offering of Tiffany lighting truly caught the eyes – and interest – of collectors. Leaded examples continue to be favorites and included the day’s three top grossing sales. The first, lot 1473, was a highly desirable and petitely proportioned Rose and Butterfly table lamp decorated with yellow roses and striated yellow and red butterflies within a mottled blue and white opalescent honeycomb background. This absolute rarity, the first one ever handled by Julia’s experts, realized $84,700 on a $65,000-80,000 estimate. The second, lot 1516, was a Geranium table lamp blooming with red geranium flowers and large striated and mottled green leaves set against a striated blue and white background. This gorgeous example changed hands at $84,700. And the third, lot 1428, was a Nasturtium chandelier which sold for $84,700 on an $65,000-80,000 estimate. This big beauty simply glows with its mottled yellow and amber flowers and large mottled green leaves, set against a mottled blue background.

Buyers were also clearly turned on with this auction’s offerings of other terrific Tiffany fixtures. Lot 1530, a pair of cast bronze Apple Blossom torchieres crowned with hexagonal shades decorated with pink and cream glass flowers was estimated at $30,000-40,000 and realized $45,375. And two chainmaille sconces detailed with iridescent glass panels and a Moorish design of tight swirls of bronze rope climbed to $22,990 – almost twice their high estimate!

This sale’s selection of fine antique lighting from other top-tier brands was also electrifying. Excellent examples from Handel took the spotlight here. Perhaps the most outstanding was lot 1610, a reverse painted Aquarium lamp which made $60,500. This exquisite example is decorated with an underwater scene of fish swimming among aquatic plants, with each panel finished on the exterior with chipped ice. A similar example is pictured in the book Handel Lamps by Robert Falco, Carol Goldman Hibel, and John Hibel, page 119. Other bright spots included lot 1638, a Pairpoint Puffy table lamp decorated with roses and butterflies that doubled its low estimate to realize $6,050, and lot 1653, a Morgan Pansy table lamp that sold for $22,990. This particularly attractive and well-made example blossoms with its leaded glass shade covered with colorful, hand enameled flowers.

Galle art glass continues to captivate collectors with its timeless quality, craftsmanship, and outstanding designs. Lot 1115, a unique Butterflies in Flight cameo vase with an opaque powder blue glass outer layer on top of a yellow glass core, took flight at $19,360. And lot 1111, a mold blown Rhododendron vase featuring unique, somewhat dichroic glass (rich green and bright red when unlit and red/amber when lit) made $18,150 – more than 2.5 times its low estimate!

Fine art glass from other French and English manufacturers also made headlines in this auction. Lot 1005, a Daum Nancy vase with a quatrefoil base leading to a free-form organic mouth and decorated with leaves, stems, and flowers, was a natural favorite with collectors. It sold for $13,310. Lot 1010, a Daum Nancy Corbeau et Grenouille cameo vase featuring a raven resting on a tree branch, cameo flowers, and a frog all set against an amber to red mottled background, climbed to $15,125. Lot 1155, a Le Verre Francais Poissons vase detailed with orange fish, green aquatic vegetation, a purple foot, and internal bubbles realized $13,310. An example of similar pattern is illustrated in the book Charles Schneider by Joulin/Maier, page 175. Lot 1259, a Webb epergne decorated with padded red fish and a carved center bud vase, netted $13,310. And lot 1220, a heavily enameled Camille Faure vase in blue, white, black, purple, and mauve made $6,655.

Lovely examples of decorative and functional art from United States manufacturers struck a patriotic chord with buyers. Lot 1453, a Tiffany Studios bronze Treasure Chest inkwell hit the jackpot, more than tripling its low estimate and realizing $17,545. Lot 1588, a set of four Tiffany Studios polychromed Zodiac blotter corners did astronomically well, making $9,075 on its $500-800 estimate. Lot 1706, a Royal Flemish vase decorated with a Venetian harbor scene rose to $14,520 on its $3,500-4,500 estimate. Lot 1281, three William De Morgan pottery chargers featuring birds and wildlife in shades of tan, red, and orange, served up $21,780, more than seven times its high estimate. And lot 1724, a 7” tall plated amberina pitcher – one of a number of fine examples from an unreserved collection from Ontario, Canada – sold for $7,260, more than twice its low estimate.

This sale tempted customers with nearly 100 completely unreserved lots of fine jewelry from private estates. Lot 1358, an 18kt yellow gold, carved coral, and diamond suite consisting of a ring, pendant and earclips with rope-twist surround and pave highlights – originally estimated at $400-600 – sold for a whopping $3,025. And lot 1340, a platinum and diamond ring centered by a 3.76ct cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant cut yellow diamond sparkled its way to $20,570.

This comprehensive sale rounded out with a great variety of pottery, bronzes, paperweights, and other decorative art selections. Lot 1283, a very appealing 7” tall Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Goblin vase, decorated with brown goblins sporting blue wings, realized $10,890.

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Fall 2017 Extraordinary Firearms Auction
Grosses Over $15.1 Million

October 31, November 1 & 2, 2017: 10am

Extraordinary Auction - Catalog Cover
Extraordinary Auction - Catalog Cover

James D. Julia’s Fall 2017 Extraordinary Firearms Auction Grosses More Than $15.1 Million

Thank you to all of our clients who helped make our Fall 2017 Extraordinary Firearms Auction a tremendous success, generating more than $15.1 million in sales! For years we have sold at auction more rare and high end firearms for over $10,000 each than any other auction house in the world. This was proven again with no fewer than 9 World Records achieved and approximately 390 lots realizing $10,000 or more, 136 lots hitting $25,000 or more, nearly 40 lots coming in over $50,000 or more, and 9 lots topped out over $100,000.

For nearly two decades now, Julia’s has been the world’s leading auction house for rare and valuable sporting arms. This auction featured over 500 lots of sporting arms which generated nearly $5 million, again confirming Julia’s leadership as the place to buy and to sell truly great sporting guns. Sporting guns showed great strength, regardless of gauge, as collectors seek out high quality arms. Stars of the sale included several of the A.H. Fox shotguns from the Dana J. Tauber Estate Collection, undoubtedly the finest collection of A.H. Fox shotguns to ever come to auction. The pièce de résistance from this collection was the exceptionally rare (1 of 3), extremely fine 20 bore Fox FE with special gold inlays. This highly coveted gun was estimated at $150,000-225,000 and realized $166,750, making it the top shotgun of the sale. Parkers and Winchesters did well and an outstanding Parker A-1 Special from the Bouwkamp Collection brought an astounding $142,600 against an estimate of $75,000-125,000, an exceptional price for an exceptional 12 gauge A-1 Special. Numerous fine Winchester Model 21s were included in the auction, the most important of which was a custom 20 gauge finished with 5 inlaid gold stars for the first chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and one of just nine 5-star generals in the history of the US armed forces, Omar Bradley. Estimated at $100,000-200,000, it generated $115,000.

Not to be outdone by their American counterparts, fine sporting guns from England and Europe also performed quite well in this auction. A stunning masterpiece by Holland & Holland known as the “Swan Gun”, a Royal Hammerless Ejector gun with extraordinary sculptured decorations with multi-gold inlays was estimated at $70,000-110,000 and sold for $120,750. A pair of truly superb original condition, lightweight, 16 gauge Golden Age Boss Sidelock Ejector guns came on the block with an estimate of $35,000-55,000 but flew far, far above the high estimate to an incredible $155,250. A stunning James Purdey and Sons Hammer Underlever 8 bore rifle was estimated at $60,000-80,000 and brought $69,000. Golden Age H&H Royal Hammerless Double Rifle .30 caliber Super was estimated at $35,000- 60,000 and realized $50,600. A superb Purdey Hammer Pigeon shotgun with exquisite relief engraving was of Royal descent, which at one time belonged to King Alphonso of Spain, sold for $57,500. An unusual cased pair of high condition John Dickson Sidelock Ejector Game Shotguns in 12 gauge were estimated at $45,000-55,000 and when the bidding stopped, the final price realized was $51,750.

Julia’s also regularly sells more high end, rare and valuable Confederate and Civil War arms than any other auction house extant today and this auction featured three well-known collections. The most competed for gun was an extremely rare Confederate Scoped Second Quality Whitworth Sharp Shooter’s rifle from the outstanding estate collection of Confederate and historical arms of Morris Racker. Estimated at $40,000- 60,000, it flew to almost 3 times the high estimate at $161,000 setting a new auction world record for this model. One of the true rarities and among the most coveted revolvers in Confederate collecting is the brass framed percussion revolver made in Portsmouth, Virginia by Thomas W. Cofer. This auction included Cofer revolver serial number 11, which is by far the finest example known. Estimated at $100,000-150,000, it sold for $103,500. Also from the Racker Collection was an extremely rare inscribed and cased early 1st model LeMat Grapeshot revolver that belonged to Confederate surgeon Thomas B. Memminger, son of Confederate Secretary of Treasure Christopher G. Memminger that sold for $57,500 against an estimate of $25,000-35,000. A very rare Colt Walker percussion revolver from the Robert Roughton Collection brought $71,875. The Fred Donaldson Estate featured a fine 1st model Griswold revolver that belonged to Confederate Captain John Morton that brought $23,000. A fine Civil War Cyrus Alger 1853-dated bronze 12 pounder Mountain Howitzer was estimated at $45,000-60,000 and sold above estimate at $69,000. After all was said and done, more than 170 rare Civil War arms and related items were sold in this auction, generating a total of nearly $2 million.

This auction also featured the largest offering of Virginia Manufactory firearms to come to auction in many years, a total of 15 arms. The top performer was a rare 1809 dated 1st model pistol from the 3rd Virginia Regiment from the collection of Robert Roughton. It is very difficult to find examples of this gun in original flint, especially with the very desirable Virginia Regiment markings such as this one. After some intense bidding, this nearly all-original gun sold for $46,000, nearly four times the high end of its $8,000-12,000 estimate.

Since 2008, James D. Julia, Inc. has sold more Class 3 firearms than all other North American auction houses combined, both in the number of units and in dollar value. This auction continued that tradition, generating extremely strong results with 102 lots sold bringing in excess of $2.3 million and six new auction world records. Leading the way for the Class 3 results was a Chinese Type 56 (AK-47) which came with a signed and notarized history from the U.S. Airforce pilot who acquired this gun during his combat tour in Viet Nam, and subsequently registered it during the Amnesty of 1968. A stellar specimen for its kind, it was estimated at $70,000-100,000 and when the hammer fell it had sold for $86,250. An exceedingly rare and highly desirable Cadillac Gage Stoner Model 63 LMG brought an auction world record price of $74,750 against an estimate of $50,000-80,000. Another world record came from an iconic and original German WWII MG-42 with tripod, which shattered its estimate of $35,000-40,000 and sold for $74,750. Another rare Class 3 record breaker was an exceedingly rare Model 1919 Colt Monitor Automatic Machine Rifle estimated at $50,000-75,000 and sold for $71,785. A historic Savage US Model 1917 Lewis machine gun that featured a US Navy anchor proof on the receiver and bolt soared past its estimate of $15,000-25,000 to bring an auction world record price of $57,500. A Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun on Tripod with numerous accessories was highly competitive and sold for an auction world record $40,250 against an estimate of $18,000-28,000. Rounding out the Class 3 offerings were a number iconic Thompson sub machine guns, aka Tommy Guns, which were all highly sought after and brought strong prices. The best of these was an early Colt Model 1921 Thompson, serial number 935, originally purchased by the Santa Maria, California Police Department with just one private owner since. When Thompsons with serial numbers under 1000 surface for sale it is noteworthy. To find one in this kind of original condition with such provenance is truly extraordinary. Estimated at $45,000-60,000, this fantastic high condition example brought $51,750.

In addition to being the undisputed leader for Class 3 firearms, Julia’s also specializes in other military arms and related items. This auction showcased a number of hard-to-find military weapons, including a Mauser C96 with exquisite factory engraving, special grips and matching burl stock. This gem of a gun was estimated at $35,000-65,000 and achieved a final price of $51,750. An extremely rare 20-shot Astra Model 900 semi-auto pistol with holster stock and original Astra box in excellent condition brought $37,375 against a $30,000-40,000 estimate. Gas Trap Garand rifles are a Holy Grail for many military collectors and are rarely offered at any price. This auction included an early production Springfield Armory M1 Gas Trap Garand rifle that was assembled in January 1938 with provenance attributable to well-known author and Springfield rifle collector, William S. Brophy. It carried an estimate of $17,500-22,500 and after some very competitive bidding was sold for $20,700. Several military vehicles were also sold in this auction, including a rare and desirable Soviet T-34/85 tank. The T-34 was arguably the best tank of the Second World War, and this particular example sold for $46,000.

As is usually the case for James D. Julia, this auction included numerous important and in some cases, iconic collections. The Warren Buxton Collection is a great example of an old iconic collection. Warren was a wonderful man, passionate collector, great scholar and amassed what is most certainly the finest, most comprehensive collection of Walther arms remaining in private hands today. He was also the author of what is considered to be the three Bibles on Walther pistols. This auction represented the second session for this collection, and among the notable items that are representative of discretion that Warren applied to his collection was an experimental Walther PP with a unique mechanism and semi-shrouded/solid hammer, distinctly different from production versions of this gun. It sold for $31,625 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. Another fantastic example from the Buxton collection was a Walther Armee-Pistole in original condition with two matching magazines that is one of just 50 such firearms made for testing prior to the military’s acceptance of the P38. The late production, all matching specimen was estimated at $27,500-35,000 and sold for $28,750.

There were a great many other exciting results for various other rare firearms and related items, drawing interest of collectors from around the world. The iconic and historic silver mounted Hawken Rifle of George W. Atchison of St. Louis, Missouri, 1836 is no doubt the finest and most elaborate of all Hawken rifles. Until now this gun had never left the family descents of E.R. Butterworth, who obtained the gun during his travels west in the 1870s, and was displayed in the Cody Firearms Museum for two decades. It sold for $109,250, exceeding its estimate of $80,000-100,000. The Winchester “1 of 1000” rifle is legendary, and a very rare and well documented Winchester Model 1873 “1 of 1,000” estimated at $75,000-125,000 brought a price of $103,500. A superb condition cased pair of double barreled flintlock carriage pistols with spring loaded bayonets by Isaac Blissett landed an auction world record price for any pair of bayonetted carriage pistols at $63,250 against an estimate of $27,500-35,000. An engraved and nickel plated Colt Medium Frame Lightning Rifle, which was Colt’s first attempt at a pump action rifle, that belonged to seven-term Mexican President Porfirio Diaz exceeded its estimate of $25,000-45,000 and sold for $51,750.

Dozens of edged weapons were sold in this auction, including an extremely rare inscribed Scagel utility knife with ultra-rare ivory scales and original sheath from the Douglass H. Sandrock Collection. The blade on this extraordinary Scagel knife is marked on the right side in period script and sold for $23,000 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. Also from the Sandrock Collection was a mint condition Scagel camp knife that was also estimated at $20,000-30,000 and sold for $20,700. A quite rare “War of 1812” US regulation naval boarding ax sailed through its $7,000-9,000 estimate and sold for $20,125.

The majority of the high value items in this auction were sold in our first session known as the “Extraordinary Session.” The last two days of the auction featured the “Sporting & Collector Session” which consists of quality, moderately priced collectible firearms. There was particularly strong participation on both of those days with an unprecedented number of bids for a Julia firearms auction, and moderately valued guns did extremely well, achieving prices that were on average 28% over low estimate of the lots sold.

Julia’s actively pursues rare and collectible firearms from all over the world and they are now preparing for our Spring 2018 auction. Our advertised special 0% commission rate to consignors selling high value guns is unique in the industry and is one of the many reasons Julia’s continually sells so many high end guns. As the #1 auction house in the world for rare and expensive firearms, we don’t want to compete with our consignors by purchasing firearms, but rather we focus on consigning them for auction and then working hard to achieve the best return on behalf of our consignors.

Consign With Us for our Next Auction – Spring, 2018
For years, Julia’s has been the world’s leading auction house for rare and expensive firearms and the reasons are simple:

– We offer the best terms in the industry, with seller’s commission as low as 0% on high value items.
– Our reputation for honesty and fairness is renowned for nearly 50 years.
– We offer some of the finest expertise in the trade and guarantee our catalog descriptions.
– While our competition focuses on volume over quality, we maintain our focus on the most rare and collectible firearms. We don’t sell the most guns, we sell the most rare and expensive guns.
– As the #1 auction house in the world for rare and expensive firearms, we don’t want to buy your guns. We want to consign them for auction so you make the most money. Unlike other firearms auction houses, we won’t be competing with you during the auction.

While no other auction house on the planet Earth sells more high-end, expensive guns than Julia’s, with the recent addition of our Sporting & Collectors sessions, we have expanded the range of items we handle and also now feature moderately priced antique and collectible firearms whose average sale value will be in the range of $2,000-8,000.

Our trucks are on the road almost continually doing consignor pick-ups or at gun shows so if you have items you are thinking about consigning, call us immediately so we can arrange for a meeting or an appointment. Whether you have one item or an entire collection, we are most interested in speaking with you.

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Annual Summer Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction

August 16th, 17th & 18th, 2017: 10am

August 2017 Catalog Cover
August 2017 Catalog Cover

August Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction Is a Grand Slam at $3.6 Million!

James D. Julia’s late summer sale truly hit it out of the ballpark, captivating bidders from all over the world with extraordinary selections of fine temptations from the most desirable and prestigious collecting categories. After the hammer fell for the last time, 60 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 16 lots realized $25K or more, and 3 lots broke the $50K mark!

The first day of this sale offered a full range of carefully curated paintings and fine art. Lot 1159A, Jiro Takamatsu’s Shadow of Two Keys (Skeleton & Church Key) “NO. 211,” was estimated at $30,000-50,000 but locked up $69,575. This work is signed and dated by the artist and retains its label from the Tokyo Gallery. It descended through the family of Robert H. Chase of Greenwich Village, NY, and was discovered hanging in the kitchen of a Maine home. Lot 1392, a thoughtful painting attributed to Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de la Peña called “Figure Beside Woodland Pool Looking Across to Pasture” soared to over ten times its low estimate to realize $60,500. This piece was from the Webster Family Trust and descended from the Rockefeller/Dodge Family. And lot 1340, Heywood Hardy’s “The First of November” featuring sportsmen on their horses and dozens of eager hounds and came from a Woodstock, VT collection with fabulous provenance was another best in show, making $48,000. This sale also featured two other Hardy works, “Preparing for The Hunt” and “The Meet with Riders & Hounds,” which also sold above their low estimates.

The second day of this sale presented finely curated collections of European decorative arts and American historical rarities. Lot 2075, The Book Les Roses, authored by Roudoute and Thory and published in Paris by Firmin Didot (1817-1824), was the day’s best seller, realizing $65,340 on a $10,000-20,000 estimate. This attic find is from the estate of Louise A. Livingston of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Bidders battled over two important militaria highlights on day two of this sale. They included lot 2011, a Nantucket Presentation Sword given to Mexican War Hero Major Moses Barnard for “Planting the 1st American Flag on Parapet at Storming of Chapultepec, September 13, 1847” and lot 2004, a 1st Battalion marked Revolutionary War Charleville musket. When the smoke finally cleared, these items realized $41,140 and $36,300 respectively. And lot 2133, a Queen Anne Transitional Walnut Ball and Claw foot corner chair more than doubled its low estimate to realize $30,250.

The final day of the sale featured a stunning array of outstanding Asian arts and American decorative arts. Two tables with great provenance served up outstanding results. The first, lot 3569, was a Qing Dynasty Huanghuali and hardwood side table which made $33,880. This table was purchased in 1923 in Peking and has remained with the original owners, the Hobart family, ever since. Items from the Hobart collection established the benchmark for the Chinese antiquities market in the United States at two famous sales conducted at Sotheby’s in New York. And the second, lot 3597, a 19th century Anglo-Indian marble topped carved rosewood side table realized $27,225 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. This table descended from the family of William G. Pierce who sailed from New York to Hong Kong, arriving June 15th, 1849. And lot 3523, Tsuguharu Foujita’s charmingly illustrated A Book of Cats: Being 20 Drawings, more than doubled its low estimate to make $21,175.

Those are just a few of the leading highlights from this comprehensive sale, but they certainly don’t tell the entire story of this incredibly successful auction. For a full recap, click here.

Consign With Us for Our Annual Winter 2018 Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction
Our winter auction will take place in February, 2018 and is always a great start to the auction season with strong participation across a broad expanse of collectibles. Included in this sale will be a vast array of items from Fine Art, Furniture & Accessories, Nautical, Weathervanes, Silver, Clocks, Folk Art, Oriental Rugs, Textiles, Porcelain, Pottery, as well as Asian items including Furniture, Jade, Cloisonné, Porcelain, Oriental Export & more.

Whether you have a single item, collection or an entire Estate, James D. Julia, Inc. can accommodate you. If you have a friend, know of a collection or an Estate that is considering auction please contact us to learn of how you can receive a Finder’s Fee!

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Spring Firearms Auctions Gross Almost $17 Million Combined!

April 11th, 12th & 13th, 2017: 10am

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History Sold, and Made, at James D. Julia’s Spring 2017 Extraordinary Firearms Auction

Once again, Fairfield, Maine has proven to be the worldwide epicenter for firearms auctions. Twice a year, in spring and fall, two separate firearms auction companies conduct a firearms auction back-to-back. This April auction grossed nearly $17,000,000! Each time these combined auctions occur, the results generate the largest gross sales for firearms auction events anywhere in the world.

This spectacular event began on April 8, 9 & 10 with a large offering of collectable and shooting firearms presented by the Poulin Auction Company that generated approximately $3 million for their consignors. This was immediately followed by James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Firearms Auction on April 11 and 2-day Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction April 12 & 13, which together grossed nearly $14 million, including multiple world record prices.

James D. Julia regularly sells the greater number of rare and high-end firearms in the world, and the results for this auction bear this fact out: 317 lots brought $10,000 or more, 160 lots brought $20,000 or more, 29 lots brought in an excess of $50,000, 11 lots topped out at over $100,000, and four lots brought in over a quarter of a million dollars each. Some of the more notable highlights from Julia’s Extraordinary Firearms Auction on day 1 included:

  • James D. Julia has handled more firearms from the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn than any other auction house extant. This sale continues to drive that fact. A Colt Single Action Army pistol SN 5773, the only complete and original Colt positively proven to have been used by one of Custer’s men during the infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn. This great American historical treasure, estimated at $175,000-275,000, realized a price of $460,000.
  • Rare and extraordinary cased 100 Guinea Lloyd’s Patriotic Presentation Sword for a hero of the Battle of Trafalgar, Captain William George Rutherford (1764-1818), Commander of HMS Swiftsure. Three descendants of Captain Rutherford traveled great distances to bear witness to the sale of this important piece of maritime history, including Captain Rutherford’s great-great-great niece who first learned about the sword coming to auction at Julia’s while reading the paper on the subway in her home city of London. She also, in a way, continues the family’s proud seafaring tradition as the winner of two Olympic silver medals in rowing. This magnificent sword carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 but saw intense bidding competition and sold over high estimate at $270,250.
  • One of the most exciting Parker shotguns to come to auction in recent years was an incredible, high original condition 20 bore Parker A1 Special. Having fine scroll engraving and gold inlay, this recent discovery carried a presale estimate of $125,000-200,000 and after tremendous competition sold for a whopping $253,000.
  • An absolutely stunning pair of 20 ga. Ivo Fabbri game shotguns set a world auction record for a pair of Fabbris when they sold for $299,000. What really sets these guns apart, other than the meticulous craftsmanship for which Fabbri is renowned, is the remarkable scrolling and engraving. The superbly executed large flowing open scroll with acanthus and floral highlights is a unique creation by Valerio Peli of Creative Arts, whose signature appears on right sides of the trigger plates. This dramatic scroll surrounds engraved portraits of an English Pointer and a Gordon Setter in different poses on each gun. The astonishing engraving work is by Italian master engraver Firmo Fracassi. Often engraving of this caliber takes 1000+ hours to complete, and Fracassi engraves an average of two guns a year for obvious reasons. Simply an irreplaceable pair of guns, and work of this intricacy will most likely not be available in the future.
  • A fantastic and extraordinarily rare early Krieghoff First Model German FG-42 Machine gun SN190. For collectors in the Class 3 world, this is a pièce de résistance. It carried a presale estimate of $175,000-250,000 and despite the fact it is a DEWAT (Deactivated War Trophy) it sold for an extraordinary $195,500. This is the auction world record for a Krieghoff First Model FG-42 and is the world record for any DEWAT machine gun ever sold at auction. This iconic and enigmatic machine gun was used by German paratroopers and had been in a private collection for nearly 50 years before being consigned to Julia’s.
  • For a number of years now, Julia’s has consistently handled some extraordinary and important military collections and this sale included various collections as previously mentioned, but one special item consigned by a private collector was an extremely rare pre-WWII Polish Wz .38m Semi Auto rifle estimated at $40,000-80,000, which sold for $69,000. The rifle was developed by Josef Maroszek and adopted by the Polish Army as the Wz. 38 M. A very limited production of just 55 of these rifles was completed in 1938 by Warsaw Rifle Factory 2 (Zbr.2) before the German invasion. Just five known documented examples are known to have survived, and this rifle, with an overall appearance and finish that is near mint, is one of only two of these that have been in the United States. This rare rifle generated intense interest and bidding. An Officer from the Polish Army came all the way from Warsaw to Maine to repatriate this rifle to his homeland. After much bidding, this extremely rare and historical rifle is indeed heading back to its origin and will eventually be preserved and displayed at the Polish Army Museum in the heart of Warsaw.

    When talking about Military items, there is one thing for certain and that is Julia’s excels in the Class 3 department. Since 2008, John Keene, head of the Class 3 Department, has kept a detailed analysis of Julia’s Class 3 sales as compared to all other North American Auction Houses and Julia’s has consistently, to this day, on average sold more Class 3 than all their North American competitors combined, both in the number of units and in dollar value. This sale generated extremely strong results. In addition to the Krieghoff previously mentioned, an 1898 Brass Argentine Maxim estimated at $30,000-40,000 went out at $43,000. A very scarce Krieghoff FG-42 Second Model generated approximately $150,000. An iconic German MG-42 Tripod Machine Gun estimated at $32,000-42,000, brought $57,500 which is now a world auction record for that model gun at auction. Another highlight was the Colt M-16 A1 with grenade launcher used in the 1983 movie, Scarface, in which Al Pacino announces, “Say hello to my little friend!” It carried a presale estimate of $25,000-50,000 and went out at $51,750. A desirable Steyr AUG Machine Gun with Fleming auto-sear pack was estimated at $10,000-15,000 but shot to $33,350; another world auction record for this type of gun. A registered full auto H&K Machine Gun estimated at $15,000-22,000 brought a new world auction record which was slightly over $43,000.

    Sessions 2 & 3 featured Julia’s newly formed Sporting & Collector sessions. This session usually includes guns that average under $8,000-10,000 with some exceptions. A vast array of firearms were offered over these two days, including fine moderately priced shotguns, Winchesters, Colts, etc. A Winchester Model 66 Carbine estimated at $10,000-17,000 went out at $13,800. A Colt from the Collection of Gary Helin estimated at $7,500-10,000 went out at $12,075. This session of the sale included a little over 1,000 lots and saw a great deal of participation.

    For a complete recap of this auction, please CLICK HERE.


    June 16th Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
    Exceeds $4.3 million

    June 16th, 2017: 10am

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    Another Record Breaking Auction for Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry

    It was standing room only in the auction hall for James D. Julia’s June 16th Rare Lamps & Glass auction. The day was an incredible success, with a total of over $4.3 million in gross sales, setting a new division record for the second auction in a row. Tiffany Studios ruled the day, with many of our clients telling us it was the best Tiffany auction in the last 25 years. Highlights included lot 1108, an impressive and rare Tiffany Studios floor lamp with all over dogwood design and an unusual irregular floral lower border which sold for $406,600, blowing through its pre-auction estimate of $100,000-150,000. Another Tiffany highlight was lot 1099, a dragonfly chandelier that was estimated at $100,000-150,000 and sold for an impressive $228,100. Lot 1365 was a spectacular Tiffany Studios Wisteria leaded glass window that also shattered its pre-auction estimate and sold for $257,850. Click here to read more.

    The next Rare Lamp, Glass & Fine Jewelry sale will be in November, 2017 and we look forward to building on the success and momentum of the last two tremendous and record-setting auctions. Department Head Mike Fredericks will soon be back on the road meeting with consignors, so if you have high value items, a collection or an estate that you are considering selling we’d like to hear from you.


    Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction
    Totals Over $3.2 Million!

    February 9th & 10th, 2017: 10am

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    The Fine Art, Asian & Antique Department has kicked off 2017 with a fabulous start to the auction season here at James D. Julia, Inc. Our annual winter auction spanned 2-days with over 1,300 lots! 6,050 registered online bidders representing 56 countries & 611 registered house bidders of which 74 were new bidders to our auction house proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a wonderful atypical example by Martin J. Heade Florida Pastoral bringing $355,500; an extremely rare Howard horse & rider weathervane realized $65,175; an outstanding example by Montague Dawson brought $77,025; a pair of John Senex globes realized $50,362. This is just a few of the exciting prices achieved in this 2-day event!

    Consignments are now being considered for our August 2017 Annual Summer Auction which is always a highlight of the summer season in New England. Already included are two examples by John Marin; A nice selection of Asian items, & Historical items to name a few. Contact Bill Gage, Tony Greist or Katya Tilton at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com for inclusion in this upcoming auction.


    Fall Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
    Totals Over $3.4 Million!

    November 18, 2016: 10am

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    November 2016 - Catalog Cover

    James D. Julia’s November 18th Rare Lamps & Glass auction was an incredible success with a total of $3.4 Million, the highest grossing auction in the division’s history. Many genres featured extraordinary results, including a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp reaching $515,475; a beautiful Tiffany Studios Peony shade on a rare Mosaic Turtleback base selling for $391,050 and an exceptional Tiffany Studios Poppy shade on a desirable Cattail Lily Pond base reaching $219,225. French art glass was well-received with a group of high-quality examples from a Mid-West collection being sold, including a Galle marquetry Crocus vase selling for $52,732, a rare Rousseau Wolf-in-the-Snow vase sold for $34,957.50, and an exceptional Daum Nancy Violet and Locust vase achieving $30,810. Tiffany and Co. sterling silver also set high marks with several pieces surpassing the estimates, the highlight of the group being a rare Tiffany & Co. mixed-metal cocoa pot selling for a remarkable $40,290.


    Firearms Auctions in Fairfield, Maine
    Gross Over $18 Million!

    October 4-7, 2016: 10:00 am


    Annie Oakley and Col. LeMat Perform Well at Julia’s

    Fairfield, ME – Every year in October, two separate firearms auction companies conduct a firearms auction back to back in Fairfield, Maine. Each time these combined auctions occur, the results generate the largest offering and largest sale gross for firearms auction event anywhere in the world. October 1, 2 & 3 began this spectacular event with a large offering of collectable and shooting firearms presented by the Poulin Auction Company. Their sale generated approximately $3.4 million in total. Immediately after, from October 4 to October 7, the James D. Julia Auction generated approximately $15 million in sales; 372 lots brought $10,000 or more, 173 lots brought $20,000 or more, 33 lots brought in an excess of $50,000 and 8 lots topped out at over $100,000.

    The Julia auction was divided into 4 sessions. The first two days, October 4 & 5, comprised Julia’s Sporting & Collector sessions which featured moderately priced collectable and shooting firearms. October 6 & 7 made up their Extraordinary sessions featuring rare and high end firearms.

    Once again, Julia’s auction included numerous outstanding collections. Day One included a rare cased Browning Pointer grade Superposed two bbl. set from the renowned Estate Collection of William Larkin Moore estimated at $7,000-12,500 which went out at $13,800. Tuesday’s sale was Session One of the Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin Collection from Germany. An extraordinary Mauser C96 Transitional 1930 Commercial with matching stock estimated at $4,500-6,500 went out at $10,350.

    Wednesday, October 5, the second day of the Sporting & Collector auction started off with the Allen Hallock Collection of extraordinary Schuetzen rifles. Without question, this was the finest of its type to ever come to auction. The very first lot up was the ultimate Schuetzen rifle, a magnificent ivory inlaid and gold highlighted masterpiece given as a shooting prize in the late 1800s. It carried a presale estimate of $30,000-40,000 and generated $37,375. This sale also included the final session of Estate of Dr. Robert G. Cox. This collection focused on small frame Colt pistols. One lot of three Colt 3rd Model Derringers estimated at $2,500-4,000 generated $8,625.

    Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 comprised the Extraordinary section of the Julia Firearms Auction.

    First up was Class-3. Since 2008, Julia’s has sold more Class-3 weapons than all their auction competitors in North America combined. This sale was extremely strong with a number of healthy prices. An early “Square Slot” Colt 1921A Thompson Machine Gun estimated at $30,000-50,000 finally sold for $57,500. But the real surprise was the fantastic Vietnam War trophy Chinese type 56 machine gun estimated at $20,000-40,000, but generated $132,250.

    A Singer 1911A1, est. $40,000-60,000, sold for $57,500. From the Dauphin Collection was a superb Mauser Conehammer Carbine SN 12 with period scope. It was estimated at $40,000-75,000 and generated $51,750.

    Another area in which the Julia’s has established a leadership role is that of Sporting Arms. No other auction house in the world sells more high end, rare and valuable sporting arms than Julia’s and the results of this sale consistently bore that out. A massive 4-bore Holland & Holland double rifle estimated at $45,000-75,000, realized $103,500. Annie Oakley’s personal 12 ga. William Cashmore Boxlock game gun, presale estimate $125,000-175,000, topped out at $207,000. A Purdey O/U with many special features carried est. $60,000-90,000, brought $94,875.

    A superb small bore Fabbri pinless Sidelock O/U est. at $40,000-60,000, sold for $109,250. A superb Piotti “Boss” 20 ga. O/U from the famous William Larkin Moore Estate Collection was estimated at $35,000-55,000 and topped out well over high estimate at $69,000.

    A Winchester cartridge board with Inverted V 1888 est. at $15,000-25,000 was hotly competed for until it finally realized $37,375. An extraordinarily rare Deluxe Conrad Ulrich engraved exhibition quality Marlin Model 1893 with gold and platinum inlays was estimated that $50,000-100,000, this magnificent treasure went out just a little over low estimate at $57,500.

    A number of quality antique percussion Colts were offered. The high price realized was for a rare cased Ehlers Baby Paterson which came on to the auction block with an est. of $110,000-160,000 and went out at $115,000. A rare Colt 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling gun on its original bronze tripod was estimated at $175,000-250,000, generated $175,000. A number of quality Colt SA included a minty engraved SAA by Cuno Helfricht was estimated at $30,000-50,000 and sold at $57,500. One truly spectacular work of art was the magnificent Royal Wheelock sporting rifle by Samuel Kluge in Landshut. The gun was made for either King Charles XI of Sweden or King Christian V of Denmark. The gun was at one time the property of the Rothschild family and sold for $115,000. It is believed to be one of the highest priced Wheelocks sold in many years.

    Other areas that Julia’s has performed exceedingly well with for many years is with rare Civil War and Confederate items. Julia’s consultant and firearms expert, John Sexton is one of the leading authorities on Confederate arms in the world today, helping to account for Julia’s great success. A rare and historic pair of fluted Armies of Lt. John Low, CSN, used on the CSS Alabama came to the block with a $25,000-50,000 estimate and flew to $51,750 because of the Confederate association. The most exciting Confederate lot of the day however was a Krider LeMat Revolver SN 2 believed to be the personal firearms of Col. LeMat himself. It came to the auction with a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000. Here it soared to $120,750.

    “We were overall very pleased with the auction outcome. It was strong and continues to reflect the tremendous prowess of the auction process. Interaction from players throughout North America and all over the world continue to reflect the strong demand for quality firearms. We are pleased with the outcome and are also looking forward to our Spring 2017 auction which already includes a spectacular array of quality goods,” commented President, James D. Julia.


    Annual Summer Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction
    Totals Over $5.2 Million!

    August 24th, 25th & 26th 2016: 10am

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    James D. Julia’s annual end of summer Fine Art, Asian & Antiques auction spanned 3-days with over 1800 lots! A record of 5,960 registered online bidders representing 48 countries & 729 registered house bidders proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a wonderful Edward Redfield painting which sold for $151,875; An exceptional Samuel Robb carved Indian Maiden realized $97,200; and an outstanding pair of Chinese porcelain plaques by Wang Dafan went out at $121,500. This is just a few of the exciting prices achieved in this 3-day event!

    Consignments are now being considered for our annual winter 2017 auction. With the most competitive commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% on high valued items you definitely want to contact us if you are considering selling. Contact Bill Gage, Tony Greist or Katya Tilton at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com for inclusion in this upcoming auction.


    June Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
    Totals Over $2.8 Million!

    June 16th & 17th, 2016: 10am

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    Collections
    From a Private Texas Collection
    The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Brian Bojesen
    The Royal Flemish Collection of Mrs. Jackie and the late Dean Ballard
    From the Estate of Mr. David Barnett, Lancaster PA

    James D. Julia’s June 2016 Lamp, Glass, and Fine Jewelry auction reached over $2.8 Million! Highlights included an amazing Tiffany Studios Geranium table lamp selling for $94,800; a Tiffany Studios blue belted Dogwood lamp hitting $59,250; a highly-detailed Webb floral cameo vase selling for $33,180; a rare Handel #6826 Stream Scene lamp reaching $35,550; a beautiful Daum Nancy Rain Scene lamp from a Texas collection selling for $23,700; a Galle mold-blown Plum vase from the Bojesen Collection selling for $11,850; and a rare Galle Penguin vase that shattered the presale estimate of $20,000 to reach $46,689; and a lovely 5.15Ct Lady’s Platinum Cape Diamond Ring selling for $20,145 just to name a few!


    Spectacular Auction of Quality Firearms
    Totals Approximately $15 Million!

    March 14th & 15th, 2016: 10am

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    Every year in March, two separate firearms auction companies conduct firearm auctions back to back in Fairfield, Maine. Each time these auctions occur, the results generate the largest offering and largest sales gross for firearms auction events anywhere in the world. March 14th & 15th, James D. Julia Auctioneers held a much anticipated sale which grossed approximately $15 million dollars. The sales results were approximately 30% above low estimate. 300 items generated $10,000 or better, 45 items realized over $50,000, and 19 items generated over $100,000. There was a great depth of participation in nearly all categories of guns. Immediately prior to their auction, on March 11th, 12th, & 13th, Poulin Auction Company conducted their firearms auction which grossed approximate $4 million dollars.

    This auction included Julia’s second ever “Sporting & Collector Firearms session” which generally focuses on moderately priced firearms (average $2000-$8000 range). This sale was a great success. Highlights include a collection of Texas relic firearms sold for $34,500 (est. $10,000-20,000), S&W Pan-American Expo gun which sold for $23,000 (est. $3,000-5,000), and Display Case set of Colt Snake Eye pistols sold for $17,250 (est. $3,000-5,000).

    The second day featured the “Extraordinary Session” and generated a tremendous amount of excitement. One notable offering were spectacular guns from the Paul Tudor Jones II Collection. An ivory stocked Model 66, once owned by Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and realized $230,000. A fine Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling Gun on tripod was estimated at $150,000-250,000 but it together with two drum magazines (sold immediately after) generated a total of $346,150.00. A rare cased #5 Texas Paterson, estimated at $300,000-600,000, generated $345,000. Another prime and important collection offered in this sale came from the Don and Kathlee Bryan Collection. It was billed as the finest collection of Confederate pistols ever assembled. Indeed the prices reflected that. Nearly all of the guns in the Bryan Collection were either the finest example known or was one of the only type to exist. A unique Sisterdale Confederate Dragoon was the only such example in existence. It carried a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000 and went out at $253,000. General Beauregard’s personal LeMat revolver, believed to be the finest condition of any Confederate revolver in existence, carried a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000 and generated $224,250.

    There was a fabulous offering of sporting guns available including a single owner private collection of rare Stopping rifles. The sale generated extraordinary interest and equally extraordinary prices. A 4 Bore Holland & Holland hammer rifle made for the Nizam of Hyderabad carried a presale estimate of $80,000-120,000. It produced a tremendous bidding battle and went out at $258,750. President Harrison’s Lefever “Optimus” was also much anticipated from the Tudor Jones Collection and had a presale estimate of $75,000-125,000. It went out at just a little over $120,000.

    Once again, there were many successes in the Class III niche. Most notable was a Colt SP-1 Machine gun with 3 uppers it carried a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000 and went out at $42,000, currently a world record for this gun at auction.

    Monday March 14, 2016
    Sporting and Collector Firearms (All types, generally in the $2000-8000 range)
    • The Estate of Renowned Texas Collector Bill Stewart. Colts, Winchesters and collectables from the Texas frontier.
    • The Brad Shepherd Collection of Engraved and Collectable Colt SAAs.
    • The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection of Colt New Lines, House Pistols & SAAs
    • The Carmen Gianforte Collection of Reid Pistols & Knuckle Dusters. (Session One).
    • The Timothy Scott Collection of Sporting Arms.

    Tuesday March 15, 2016
    Extraordinary and Historic Firearms
    (All types of the highest quality)
    • The Esteemed Paul Tudor Jones II Collection of Rare Colts and Winchesters.
    • The Steve Ardia Collection of Outstanding Percussion Colts. (Session One)
    • The Brad Shepherd Collection of Engraved and Collectable Colt SAAs.
    • The Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection NC. The finest Confederate revolver collection ever assembled.
    • The Spiropoulos Estate Collection of Fine Antique Firearms. (Nova Scotia, Canada).
    • A Single Owner Lifetime Collection of English Stopping Rifles. The finest collection of this type.
    • The John Koilakos Collection of Fine Sporting Arms.(Athens, Greece).
    • The Herbert Hyatt Lifelong Collection of Sporting Arms.
    • The Renowned Rod Fuller Estate Collection of Fine Browning Firearms. (Session Two).
    • The Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection. The final session of European auto-loading weapons. (Zurich, Switzerland).
    • Evergreen Ventures Collection of Class III and Militaria. The fourth and final session.


    February Fine Art, Antiques & Asian Auction
    Totals nearly $3.2 Million!

    February 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2016: 10am

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    February Catalog Cover

    The Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department has kicked off 2016 with a fabulous start to the auction season here at James D. Julia, Inc. Our annual winter auction spanned 3-days with over 1350 lots! 5587 registered online bidders representing 54 countries & 734 registered house bidders of which 130 were new bidders to our auction house proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a wonderful atypical example by Martin J. Heade Roman Newsboys II bringing $189,600; a rare & untouched Steeple Chase weathervane realized $115,425; Extraordinarily Rare And Historic Revolutionary War Powder Horn Used By Minuteman Oliver Buttrick At Battle Of Concord, April 19, 1775 demanded a price of $91,125; a finely carved Rhinoceros ‘Scholar’s Cup’ fetched $57,713. This is just a few of the exciting prices achieved in this 3-day event!


    November 2015 Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
    Surpassed Expectations At Over $2.4 Million!

    November 18, 2015

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    The Collection of Dr. Robert LeVere (Lots 1000-1063) UNRESERVED
    The Collection of Dean & Kate Armstrong (Lots 1064-1087) UNRESERVED
    A Collection from a Long Island, NY Estate (Lots 1088-1120) UNRESERVED
    The Collection of Dr. Mark Jackson (Lots 1121-1166)
    The Tiffany Lamp Collection of Jean Paul Loup (Lots 1167-1174 & 1196)

    James D. Julia’s Fall 2015 Lamps, Glass and Fine Jewelry sale surpassed expectations at over $2.4 Million with several private collections and exceptional highlight lots outperforming the pre-sale estimates. Highlights include a rare Tiffany Studios Koi lamp selling for $106,650; a beautifully executed Galle marquetry Iris vase selling at $53,325 and a rare Loetz Phaenomen 691 vase selling for $29,625, both from the Dr. Mark Jackson collection; from a Long Island New York estate collection, a stunning group of Tiffany Favrile samples reached $17,775 and a very early Tiffany gourd vase sold for $11,850. These are just a few of the many fantastic items that crossed the block with amazing results.


    Extraordinary October 2015 Firearms Auction
    Generates Approximately $15 Million!

    October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2015

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    Fall 2015 Catalog Cover

    Strong prices were attained for a number of quality items across the board and there was a great deal of participation. An analysis of the sale reflects our continued dominance in the market for high-end, rare and expensive items. Over 412 items realized $10,000 or more. Over 175 items realized $20,000 or more. 27 lots generated in excess of $50,000 and 7 items generated over $100,000. The top lot for the day was an outstanding Colt 1875 Gatling Gun which realized $201,000.

    This auction included the inauguration of our new Sporting & Collector Firearms Division which will generally handle moderately priced firearms. This sale was a great success and generated nearly $2.3 million dollars. A rare Colt 1911-A1 military model 1938 production was estimated at $3,000-4,000 but soared to 12 times the high estimate at $51,750.


    Annual Summer Fine Arts, Asian & Antiques Auction
    Totals Over $4.8 Million!

    August 25th-28th, 2015

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    Catalog Cover

    James D. Julia’s annual end of summer auction spanned 4-days with over 2600 lots! Nearly 5000 registered online bidders representing 53 countries & 786 registered house bidders proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a magnificent bronze figure of a big horn ram by Carl Rungius which sold for $230,850; A wonderful Gloucester Doorway painting by Abbott F. Grazes realized $60.750; A Chien Lung Pilgrim vase sold for $44,437.50; and a wonderful Antonio Jacobsen ship portrait went out at $41,475. This is just a few of the exciting prices achieved in this 4-day event!

    Consignments are now being considered for our annual winter 2016 auction. With the most competitive commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% on high valued items you definitely want to contact us if you are considering selling. Contact Tony Greist or Katya Tilton at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com for inclusion in this upcoming auction.


    June Lamp, Glass & Jewelry Auction
    Totals Over $1.6 Million!

    June 18th, 2015


    James D. Julia’s June 2015 sale offered over 750 high quality Decorative Arts objects to the market, resulting in over $1.6 Million. With fine examples of Antique Lighting, Art Glass, Fine Silver and Estate Jewelry crossing the block, there was something available to every collectors interest. A beautifully colored Tiffany Tulip Table lamp estimated at $30,000 sold for $35,197. An exceptionally rare Handel Aquarium Lamp, sometimes referred to as an “Underwater” scene, sold for $32,750. Several nice Pairpoint Puffy lamps were sold, one of the finest being a Puffy Azalea surpassing its $12,500 estimate to sell for $14,812. A very nice Duffner and Kimberly Colonial pattern table lamp with a pre-sale estimate of $3,500 reached $6,792. The Betty and Leonard Issod Collection of Wedgwood Fairyland was represented well, with an Imps on the Bridge vase in a rare color combination selling for $17,775 and a lovely Sycamore Tree vase achieving $9,480 against its $8000 estimate, just to name a few examples. Highlighting the French cameo offering was a beautiful Daum winter scene lamp with a pre-sale estimate of $9000 making it to $16,590 and several well-executed Galle mold blown floral vases exceeding their estimates to sell for $11,850 each. Items from the Susan and Roy Bittan Collection of Schneider performed well with a rare Le Verre Francais Chats ceiling light estimated at $4,000 reaching $8,887 and a stunning monumental Kalanchoe pattern lamp surpassing its $3,000 estimate to sell for $4,443. American art glass was led by a stunning blue favrile decorated Tiffany vase estimated at $7000 soaring to $14,220. A rare Steuben paperweight cologne more than doubling its presale estimate of $5,000 to hit $10,665. Jewelry, an expanding part of our division, also saw success with examples such as the beautiful 5.1ct Burmese Sapphire and Diamond ring offered at $8,500 ultimately reaching $15,405, and an exquisite Belle Epoque Diamond and Platinum brooch selling for $8887 against a $6,000 pre-sale estimate. As is the continuing theme in today’s unpredictable economy, conservatively estimated high-quality goods perform well at auction!

    We are now accepting consignments for our Fall 2015 auction. With our reputation for honest and fair dealings, the most competitive commission rates in the industry and proven results, Julia’s is unquestionably the best venue for quality merchandise. For your single high-value item or an entire collection, contact us today to be included in our next extraordinary event!


    The Private & Personal Collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt
    Totals Nearly $2 Million!

    March 23rd, 2015


    Please review our Ivory Position Statement (NEW)

    Our March Asian auction, which was entirely comprised of the personal collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt, was met with great interest! This collection had been 60 years in the making and each object in her collection was personally selected by Dr. Wall-Apelt during her lifetime. One of the items which saw tremendous competition to acquire was a massive gilt lacquer wood figure of Vairocana, standing 61-1/2” tall went out at $379,200 against its $40,000-60,000 pre-sale estimate! An intricately carved table screen with longevity theme estimated at $20,000-30,000 sold for a strong price of $59,250; A pair of undecorated white jade palace style bowls sold within estimate at $41,475 and a large bronze Ming image of Amida Buddha sold for $41,475 against it’s pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000. With most auctions there are always some items which surprises everyone and this sale was no exception. A mottled yellowish jade carving of a carp, estimated at $300-500 saw very competitive bidding until it reached the final sale price of $37,920! However, also like every auction, there are some treasures that have yet to be purchased! Check out these unsold items now and contact us with your offer right away!


    Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction
    Totals Over $500,000!

    June 19th, 2015

    June Catalog Cover
    June Catalog Cover

    Our spring 2015 Advertising, Toy & Doll auction was a success by all measures. This auction featured a select grouping of early American tin, pressed steel and cast iron toys, several of which came from the collection of the late Laurence Hapgood. Laurence was a judicious collector focusing on quality, condition and rarity. This were jointed by selections from other quality east coast collections including mechanical and still banks, automotive & horse drawn toys, etc. as well as a massive 41″ Marklin “Olympia” clockwork ocean liner. Also up for bid was a variety of top shelf dolls including French and German character bisque dolls including Bru, Jumeau, Kestner, Steiner, and others. These were joined by a generous selection of rare coin-op machines including a rare Double Dewey slot machine, a rare and desirable Busy Bee trade stimulator, plus other gambling, vending, and arcade pieces, as well as fine music machines including cylinder, disc, and phonographs – including a Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox. The sale was rounded out by an offering of antique advertising signs, calendars and displays, salesman samples including agricultural implements, a single-owner collection of nearly 200 Victorian figural napkin rings, and more. We continue to welcome your consignment inquires. For more information, please contact us at 207-453-7125 or atd@jamesdjulia.com



    March 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
    Totals Over $16 Million!

    March 15 & 16, 2015


    Please review our Ivory Position Statement (NEW)
    Special note regarding Springfield Arsenal Artillery Collection
    Class III Firearms Information

    Session 1: (Lots 1000-1568). Elmer Keith, Elliott Burka, Norm Flayderman, Dr Douglas Sirkin, Colts, Winchesters, Civil War, Custer/Indian War, Martial Arms, Antique Arms.
    Session 2: (Lots 2000-2636). Military & Class 3, Evergreen Ventures, Springfield Arsenal, Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, Richard Schreiber, George Reeb, Thomas Connally, Steven Harris, American & European Sporting Arms.

    The Tradition of Excellence Continues… Over the course of the last decade, the auction firm of James D. Julia has regularly conducted the highest grossing firearms sales events in history. This accomplishment has been realized not by selling the most firearms at any given time, but rather by offering the most exclusive, important, and expensive firearms in the world, twice each year. Julia’s is now widely regarded as the world leader in the sale of investment grade goods and is THE preferred resource for buyers and sellers alike. Once again, their prestigious March 2015 auction confirmed this fact.

    Initial results are approx 450 lots generating $10,000 or more. Additionally, the Julia firm has handled the greater number of important private and institutional collections in the firearms universe and indeed this was once again the case here. The headlines touted 12 iconic firearms collections (but also included various others whose names could not be advertised). The resounding success of the sale drives home the fact that the firearms fraternity continues to be very dynamic, and filled with great passion. As is with any sale of this magnitude, there were a small percentage of lots that did not sell during the auction. This creates a wonderful opportunity for those who may have missed the auction or have interest in additional purchases. Please refer to the notes below for information on how to take advantage of this unique opportunity.


    Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction
    Totals Over $3.5 Million!

    February 4th, 5th & 6th, 2015

    Catalog 1 Cover
    Catalog 1 Cover

    Estate Collection from a Renowned Taiwan Diplomatic Family Introduction
    The Greene Museum of Southern History Collection Introduction

    The Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department has kicked off 2015 with a fabulous start to the auction season here at James D. Julia, Inc. Our annual winter auction spanned 3-days with over 2000 lots! 5047 registered online bidders representing 61 countries & 650 registered house bidders proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a magnificent bronze figure of Guanyin on a lotus stand bringing $189,600; a rare & important set of 25 miniature Crowell shorebirds realized an astounding $82,950; A fabulous & important “Blind Tom” “The Slave Musical Genius” Archive fetched $29,625; and an extremely rare silver congressional medal for the survivor “Herbert W. Leach” of the “Jeannette” Arctic Expedition of 1879-1882 sold for $21,330. This is just a few of the exciting prices achieved in this 3-day event!

    Consignments are now being considered for our August 2015 Annual Summer Auction which is always a highlight of the summer season in New England. Contact Tony Greist or Katya Tilton at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com for inclusion in this upcoming auction.


    November Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.7 Million!

    November 12th & 13th, 2014

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    Catalog Cover

    With a wide variety of items offered, Julia’s Lamp and Glass department has yet another successful auction totaling over $1.7 Million. Rare and high-quality pieces with conservative estimates brought outstanding results to buyers in several categories. With several private collections offered and performing exceptionally well, James D. Julia once again proves it is the venue to bring these valuable treasures to market. If you have a single item or an entire collection, contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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


    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!


    Julia’s October 2014 Firearms Auction
    Continues to Raise the Bar!

    October 7th-9th, 2014


    Please review our Ivory Position Statement
    Special note regarding Springfield Arsenal Artillery Collection
    Class III Firearms Information

    For years, the Julia Firm has consistently conducted the highest grossing Firearms Auctions in the industry. Their October 7, 8 and 9 auction was an extraordinary success at $19.3 Million. Another new world auction record of highest gross ever attained at auction. Also for years, Julia’s has touted that they sell the greater number of high end expensive firearms. Once again, their monumental October auction confirmed this. Initial results are approx 550 lots generating $10,000 or more. Additionally, the Julia firm has handled the greater number of prestigious private and institutional collections in the firearms universe and indeed this was once again the case here. The headlines touted 10 phenomenal collections from iconic firearms collectors (but also included various others whose names could not be advertised). The sale was widely watched and anticipated by gun collectors, dealers, and gun enthusiasts. Most nearly any major niche in the current gun world was represented in proliferation, in both quality and quantity. Many wondered again if the market could bear such a diverse spectrum of high end, quality goods from so many areas. The resounding success of the sale continued to prove and drive home the fact that the firearms fraternity continues to be very alive, very active, and filled with great passion. As is with any auction, there were some lots that did not sell at the auction. This creates a wonderful opportunity for those who may have missed the auction or have interest in additional purchases. For a brief period of time, those lots will be posted on the website for post-sale offers. Julia’s is now amassing special consignments for their upcoming March 2015 sale which, based on early in-house inventory levels, will once again prove to be an extraordinary auction.


    Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction
    Totals Over $5.7 Million!

    August 19th-22nd 2014

    Session 3 & 4 Catalog Cover
    Session 3 & 4 Catalog Cover

    Harold Haliday Costain Introduction
    Estate Collection from a Renowned Taiwan Diplomatic Family Introduction
    E. Norm Flayderman Introduction

    James D Julia’s August auction grossed $5.7 Million, continuing a series of successful sales. Success in many areas brought positive results to consigners and carried on our tradition of providing quality merchandise to our buyers. Our sterling reputation for honest and fair dealing sets us apart and you can rest assured we will do everything we say we’re going to do. No one offers more competitive terms or will get you a greater net return. For approximately 45 years, Julia’s has been at the forefront of the auction world, regularly handling quality estates and collections with great success. We look forward to kicking off the auction year at James D Julia with the February 2015 sale and are now accepting quality consignments for our Winter Fine Art, Asian and Antiques Auction. Categories include paintings, bronzes, rugs, furniture, accessories, folk art and Asian art and antiquities. Whether you have one item or an entire collection, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.


    June Lamp and Glass Auction
    Totals Nearly $2.5 Million

    June 11th & 12th, 2014

    June Catalog Cover
    June Catalog Cover

    The James D. Julia, Inc. Lamp and Glass division enjoys continued success with another exciting auction with active participation and impressive results. The Betty and Leonard Issod collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre was a resounding success with may pieces exceeding high estimates, including the Dragon King vase with a low estimate of $40,000 selling for $74,062.50. The George Klabin Collection of Moser glass was also well-received with many pieces surpassing estimates, including a rare Moser decorated lamp with a low estimate of $5,000 selling for $10,665, a pair of decorated ewers estimated at $7,000 reaching $20,737.50, and a beautifully decorated monumental vase estimated at $9,000 selling for $14,812.50 just to name a few. R. Lalique performed very well once again, with a Six Danseuse flacon estimated at $15,000 selling for $21,330; a Cariatides lamp offered at $7,000 reaching $17,775, a lovely blue Acanthus vase with a $14,000 estimate selling for $17,775, and a wonderfully colored Phalene D’Heraud butterfly perfume estimated at $7,000 reaching $10,665. With strong performances across so many genres, we look forward to building our Fall 2014 Lamp and Glass auction.

    If you have a single item of interest or an entire collection, contact us today to share in our success!


    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.


    Winter Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction
    Totals Over $4.7 Million!

    February 4th-7th, 2014


    Catalog Cover

    Artist Listing

    The Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department has kicked off 2014 with a bang conducting a 4-day auction with almost 3000 lots! 3244 registered online bidders representing 47 countries & 750 registered house bidders proving, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a pair of large Chinese Cloisonné Censers achieving $248,850; a Reliquary Chasse went out at $183,675; $53,325 was the price for a fabulous Centaur weathervane and the archive of Capt. Luis F. Emilio brought $207,375 along with many more exciting prices which were achieved.

    Consignments are now being considered for our August 2014 Annual Summer Auction which is always a highlight of the summer season in New England. Contact Bill Gage, Tony Greist or Katya Tilton at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com for inclusion in this upcoming auction.


    March 2014 Firearms Auction
    World Record at Approximately $19 Million+

    March 10, 11, & 12, 2014


    Session 2 Catalog Cover

    Class III Firearms Information

    For years, the Julia Firm has consistently conducted the highest grossing Firearms Auctions in the industry. Their March 10, 11 & 12 auction was true to form and generated a new world record at approximately $19 million +. Also for years, Julia’s has touted that they sell the greater number of high end expensive firearms. Once again, their historic March auction proved that. Over 522 lots generated $10,000 or more; over 46 lots generated $50,000 or more; and over 12 lots generated $100,000 or more. In addition, recently Julia’s claims to handle the greater number of renowned collections in the firearms industry and indeed this was the case here. The headlines touted 12 phenomenal collections from iconic firearms collectors (but also included various others whose names could not be advertised). The sale was widely watched and anticipated by gun collectors, dealers, and gun enthusiasts. Most nearly any major niche in the current gun world was represented in proliferation, in both quality and quantity. Many wondered if the market could bear such a diverse spectrum of high end, quality goods from so many areas. The resounding success of the sale continued to prove and drive home the fact that the firearms fraternity continues to be very alive, very active, and filled with great passion. As is with any auction, there were some lots that did not sell and for a period of time, those lots will be posted on the website for post-sale offers. Julia’s is now amassing special consignments for their upcoming October sale which, based on collections in-house now, will once again prove to be a phenomenal auction.


    Fall Lamp & Glass
    Auction Totals Over $2.4 Million!

    November 20th & 21st, 2013


    The November 2013 Rare Glass and Lamp auction proves to be another resounding success at $2.4 Million in sales, with positive results across many categories.

    Victorian glass was highlighted by a Mt. Washington Royal Flemish Egyptian scene estimated at $17,500 selling for $18,960, and a fabulous Mt. Washington Lava Glass toothpick offered at $1000-$1500 skyrocketing to $10,072.50. The Moser glass collection of George Klabin was successfully featured in the sale, with examples such as a lovely Moser 3-pc garniture set estimated at $1,500-$2,000 reaching $7,821; an ornately decorated rigaree handled pitcher estimated at $5,000-$7,000 selling for $8,295; and a wonderfully decorated Moser salamander pitcher offered at $4,000-$6,000 reaching $5,925. Perhaps some of the best results were with the offering of Loetz art glass, with many lots selling well over the high estimates. Examples are a beautiful Titania vase offered at $3,000-$5,000 selling for $6517.50; a stunning Phanomen vase estimated at $7,000-$10,000 reaching $11,257.50; a tri-color Phanomen estimated at $2,500-$3,500 that achieved $5,925; and a wonderful Cytisus estimated at $2,500-$3,500 selling for $4,740. Durand was well represented with several examples such as a crackle lava vase estimated at $2,500-$3,500 selling for $3,851.25; and a Moorish crackle torchiere offered at $2,000-$3,000 selling for $2,903.25. Several examples of R. Lalique from a private collector were offered, with a Victoire mascot reaching $23,700; a stunning Vittesse mascot selling for $17,775; and a lovely opalescent Bacchantes vase selling for $27,847.50. Wedgwood had a strong showing, selling above estimate, with a Fairlyland Malfrey Pot estimated at $8,500-$10,500 selling for $14,812.50; a Fairyland punchbowl offered at $7,500-$9,500 selling for $11,850; and a Fairyland Melba center bowl offered at $4,000-$6,000 reaching $7,110. Art glass shades from Quezal, Steuben, LustreArt and more performed well, as well as solid numbers from an offering of early lighting from a coastal Maine estate. Tiffany lighting was again a strong performer with many highlights surpassing expectations. An amazing Tiffany Dragonfly lamp offered at $70,000-$90,000 achieved an amazing result of $118,500; the beautiful Tiffany Nasturtium chandelier estimated at $60,000-$80,000 realized $88,875; and a wonderful, fresh-to-the-market Tiffnay geometric Dogwood band lamp offered at $20,000-$30,000 reached $43,845. Tiffany metal work was led by a stunning performance by a pair of Tiffany Studios tulip-tree candlesticks offered at $5,000-$7,000 achieving a remarkable $26,070. The highlight of the Pairpoint offering was a beautiful Puffy Apple Tree lamp selling for $20,737. A lovely Duffner & Kimberly peony floor lamp estimated at $14,000-$16,000 sold for $26,070. Handel was also well represented with a Handel Blackbird lamp reaching $11,850; a Handel floral 6688 selling for $10,665; and a beautiful Handel Egyptian Ruins table lamp estimated at $5000-$7000 reaching $9,480. This is just a small sample of the fantastic results!

    The strong interest and positive results were a great success, and we hope to continue the momentum into the June 2014 auction. If you have a single item or an entire collection, we encourage you to contact us today!

    Lamp & Glass Dept. Head Mike Fredericks will be traveling to New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida (attending the Miami Beach Antique Show) as well as several pick ups within the state, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, back through New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and back to our offices in Fairfield, Maine on or around February 7, 2014. Whether you have a single high quality item or an entire collection contact us today. Consignments close May 2, 2014.


    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.


    October 14th, 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
    Generates Over $18 Million

    October 14th - 16th, 2013


    October 2013 Catalog Cover

    James D. Julia’s annual fall firearms auction, which was billed to be one of historic proportions, proved to be just that. The gross of over $18 million makes it the largest grossing firearms auction in history. This sale was notable with the diversity of extraordinary collections, the quality of goods, the overall value and successful sales. The total low estimate of items sold was approximately $13.2 million and generated $18 million, approximately $5 million over low estimate. But equally as extraordinary was the number of high end expensive items successfully sold in this sale. Over 525 items generated $10,000 or more; this is an all-time high for expensive items that any firearms auction has ever held. Among these items, 167 of them generated $25,000 or more; 50 items generated $50,000 or more; and 9 of the items were in excess of $100,000. Julia’s firearms auctions are not known for the massive number of lots being offered but for the large number of high end items successfully sold. They are currently and have been the leaders in the world for handling the greater number of high end expensive firearms at auction.

    Monday morning began with the Woody & Betty Frey Collection of outstanding Winchester rifles. A lifetime dealer and collector, Woody Frey was a most discerning collector and most of the guns in the collection were in outstanding condition. Many of the items in the Frey Collection did extremely well; such as the very rare scarce engraved silver plated Henry rifle estimated at $40,000-60,000, which went for $63,250. A recently discovered extremely rare Winchester 1873 “1 of 1,000” carried a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000 and went out at $109,250. The first day also included an extraordinary offering of high end sporting arms. Julia’s handles more high end quality sporting arms than any other auction firm in the world and this sale surely reflected that. An exceptional one of a kind, pre-war, Holland & Holland O/U Double rifle in cal. 375 was estimated at $60,000-90,000 and generated approximately $75,000. A “Golden Age” Boss 20 Bore Heavy Proof Rising Bite O/U Game gun in 20 ga. was estimated at $50,000-80,000 and generated just over the high estimate at $85,500. Also consigned to this sale was a group of sporting and collecting arms from the family of J.P. Morgan. Specifically some of the guns were identified directly to J.P. Morgan, Jr. and were consigned to Julia’s by Alexandra McCain Morgan (sister of Senator John McCain) that had been in her late husband’s family. The high seller in the sporting arms was an Italian Thomasoni engraved Iva Fabbri Small Game 3 Barrel cased set. It carried a presale estimate of $100,000-200,000 and went out at $126,500.

    The second day of the auction included rare Colts from the Estate of the late Michael Leff of Florida. A rare cased pair of engraved Colt Model 1849 pocket in outstanding condition was estimated at $70,000-80,000 and realized $80,500. The auction also included the historical Smith & Wesson Collection of Mr. Marlan Polhemus, an avid historian and scholar on Smith & Wessons, who has written numerous articles as well as books on the subject. In his collection, the exceptional Civil War cased and inscribed Smith & Wesson #2 Army revolver of Capt. Martin Lemon of the 77th New York Veterans was estimated at $7,000-10,000 and went out at just over $16,000. Julia’s auctions always include a healthy representation of rare Civil War items and this sale was no exception.

    Later in the day, the extraordinary collection of Frank Sujansky came to the auction block. The Sujansky Collection of Kentucky pistols are the finest of its type to ever come to the auction block and this auction consisted of only one half of the collection. The overall offering of Kentucky pistols was quite stunning; with some selling at reasonable prices (much to the chagrin of many Kentucky aficionados who had not participated in the sale because they thought there would be no bargains). One such example was a historical important matched pair of Flintlock pistols signed by H. Albright that were later in life acquired by Col. Robert Peebles. They carried a presale estimate of $50,000-75,000 and sold for a very reasonable $37,375. A small select grouping of Derringer pistols from the Dave Stewart Collection included the magnificent presentation cased pair of John Kreider pistols estimated at $30,000-50,000 that realized $37,375. Also included was the first session of the extraordinary Dr. Douglas Sirkin Collection of Kentucky rifles which is perhaps in total, the best offering of raise carved Kentucky’s to come to auction. His collection of high art European wheel locks was definitely the finest to ever come to auction in the past 20 to 30 years. Of course, treasure after treasure was offered with the highlight being a very fine matched pair of Saxon Electra Guard wheel lock pistols dated 1588. Carrying a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000, these pistols attained a final selling price of $103,500. Other offerings from the collection will be presented in future Julia auctions.
    The third day included three major collections and generated impressive results. The first was that of Carl “Bill” Morrison of Bradford, Maine, which was a collection of automatic weapons. An active gunsmith at the age of 92, he is the oldest licensed gun dealer in the State of Maine, and his entire collection was offered here with impressive results. There were other military items from various collections. One notable and interesting lot was an original 1941 type 82 Volkswagen Kubelwagen. This very transport vehicle had been captured from Rommel’s Afrika Core during WWII and shipped home to a university where it was completely disassembled then reassembled. This was truly an exciting offering estimated at $50,000-100,000 and sold for just under $75,000.

    The highlight of this session was unquestionably the collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland, of auto loading weapons, which is the finest, most comprehensive of its type to ever come to auction and currently the finest of its type to exist in private hands. It was his collection that was the basis of a marvelous three volume treatise recently compiled about the evolution and development of the auto loading pistol. The collection is massive in numbers and features an extraordinary number of rare, high condition, experimental and prototype arms. Sales in this collection include; a unique SID 7.5 mm prototype long Mondragon Model 1907 SL rifle estimated at $25,000-35,000 was highly competed for and realized $57,500. An exceptional Mauser 6 mm C98 Selbstladegewehr SN 3 realized just under $75,000. A highlight of this session was the extraordinary rare and important cased prototype Model 1893 Borchardt pistol in extremely fine plus condition. The gun carried a presale estimate of $125,000-250,000 and went out at $161,000. A superb factory engraved Mauser C96 estimated at $25,000-35,000 sold for $75,900. An exquisite, magnificent historically significant Mauser C96, fully engraved with gold inlay and carved stock was estimated at $35,000-70,000 but blew through its estimate to sell for $89,125. A Chilean prototype 100 Luger with matching push button stock rig sold for $52,000 and a spectacular E prefix Swiss Luger with experimental holster, stock and round magazine estimated at $25,000-40,000 ended up at $40,250. An ultra-rare Turkish Air Force Luger estimated at $20,000-30,000 realized $43,000. An outstanding Walther PP prototype was estimated at $25,000-40,000 and realized just under $52,000. Also an extremely rare Anti-tank Strumpistole with insert barrel folding stock and folding site was estimated at $10,000-20,000 and generated nearly $30,000. This first Sturgess offering was truly impressive; however, the next auction will include an even far more impressive offering.

    More details on this sale can be seen on Julia’s website at www.jamesdjulia.com. Julia’s next sale will take place in March of 2014 and according to Julia’s it is expected to surpass the extraordinary October 2013 sale. In addition to the second session of many collections offered here will be the estate collection of the late Norm Flayderman, who is unquestionably the most iconic figure in the world of firearms in the 20th century and this elite offering of spectacular Colt firearms will certainly be much anticipated. Also featured in this spring auction will be the collection of the late Tommy Rholes of Texas, a noted collector and dealer of extremely rare Winchesters and Colts.

    James D. Julia’s welcomes all new consignors and our long-standing clients to participate in our March 2014 auction. The process is simple and can be very rewarding. If you have a valuable piece or wish to market an entire collection, please contact our Firearms Division office for a free consultation without obligation. Please contact Wes Dillon or Josh Loewensteiner at 1-207.453.7125 or email firearms @jamesdjulia.com.


    4-Day Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction
    Totals $5.8 Million!
    New Record for our Summer Sale!

    August 20th-23rd, 2013


    Day 1 showed great results with strong demand for both paintings and bronzes. Day 2 showed fabulous results continuing the upward trend for American and European antiques. Day 3 had strong results in the sale including Louis Vuitton trunks bringing over $75,000, and a rare set of Warren MacArthur selling over $43,000. Day 4 Our strongest day with over 2.5 million sold with the highlight being lot 4132, a Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze bringing $438,450.


    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.


    June Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Nearly $2.2 Million!

    June 19th & 20th, 2013


    The June 19th & 20th Rare Glass and Lamp auction showed strong results across multiple categories with active participation from both returning and new clientele. Fine quality art glass and lamps continue to have a strong showing in a resurging market, as illustrated by the nearly $2.2 Million result against a $1.5 Million low estimate for lots sold.

    The final sale for long-time department head Dudley Browne began with a great selection of Mt. Washington glass highlighted by a Royal Flemish ewer estimated at $3,000-$5,000 realizing $7,110. A wonderful offering of Moser crossed the block with a decorated center bowl with heavily ruffled edge estimated from $8,000-$12,000 reaching $10,072. Paperweights were once again well represented with a Clichy concentric mushroom design selling for $6,517. The selection of silver performed well with a Geo. Jensen Henning Koppel piece exceeding the $12,000-$15,000 estimate by reaching $18,367. In the jewelry category, a lovely Tiffany diamond and sapphire pendent necklace hit $14,821 against a $8,000-$12,000 estimate. A rare clear Webb vase with applied decoration soared past the $7,000-$10,000 pre-sale estimate to finish at $18,367. French Cameo highlights included a Galle marquetry Iris vase estimated at $14,000-$16,000 selling strongly for $21,330 and a Daum wheel-carved Poppy vase hitting $14,220. A beautiful Argy-Rousseau Apple Picker vase garnered $18,960 against its $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Art glass showed very well with an exquisite Steuben presentation vase surpassing its presale estimate of $8,000-$12,000 before ultimately selling for $13,035. The phenomenal selection of rare lamps brought strong prices again, with an exceedingly rare Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp selling over its $60,000 high estimate at $77,025, and an attic-found Tiffany curtain-boarder hanger outperforming its $20,000-$30,000 presale estimate with a remarkable final price of $77,025.

    The continued interest and strong results made for an exciting send-off for Dudley Browne and a rousing welcome for the new Lamp and Glass department head, Mike Fredericks. We look forward to continued success in the Fall 2013 auction and whether for a single item or an entire collection, we encourage you to contact us today!


    Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.6 Million!

    Nov. 28th & 29th, 2012


    Our November 28-29, 2012 Lamp & Glass auction was a rousing success with strong results across the board. We saw very strong bidder participation in all areas with a lot of new bidders coming to the market as well as interest from past bidders who have not participated at auction in the past several years. We are very excited to see these new and past bidders coming into the market. We feel this sale shows a resurgence in fine art glass and lighting. The sale began with a fine collection of contemporary paperweights which was highlighted by a Paul Stankard Botanical Root Spirit paperweight which realized $6,612. The paperweights were followed by a nice selection of Steuben art glass which was highlighted by a gold Aurene vase with a brown Aurene pulled feather design which was estimated at $4,500-$6,500 and realized $8,050. There was a strong interest in lamps across the board with a Pairpoint Puffy Poppy table lamp estimated at $10,000-$12,000 which sold for $14,950. A Duffner & Kimberly Ivy table lamp which was estimated at $4,000-$6,000 sold for $10,350. French cameo glass also saw a great deal of interest with a wonderful Galle floral marquetry vase estimated at $15,000-$20,000 selling for $25,875 and another Galle floral marquetry estimated at $10,000-$15,000 selling for $21,850. As always Tiffany was very popular highlighted by the Tiffany Studios Venetian table lamp estimated at $60,000-$80,000 which realized $103,500 and a Tiffany decorated red favrile vase which was estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and realized $10,925. We are very excited about this renewed interest and strong results and have already started looking forward to our spring Lamp & Glass auction. Whether you have a single high quality item or an entire collection please contact us today!


    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.


    Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction
    Totals $4 Million!

    Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 1, 2013


    Day 1 was highlighted by the John F. Gale collection of Cape Ann art. The collection brought just under $1,000,000, and was highlighted by strong prices for Aldro T. Hibbard, William Lester Stevens, and Frederick Mulhaupt paintings. Day 2 showed strong results with an upswing in prices paid for Early American and Victorian furniture and accessories. The Asian session on Day 3 experienced the 2nd most expensive item in this division when a Korean longevity screen brought $603,750.

    We are now currently accepting consignments for our Annual Summer Auction. With record breaking prices now being achieved, do not wait, give us a call or email today!


    March 11th & 12th Auction
    An Extraordinary Success at $13.5 Million

    March 11th & 12th, 2013


    Featured in the March 11th Auction was the final session of Wes Adam’s Collection of Rare Winchesters and Savages. The Collection closed with a bang….(no pun intended!) All totaled, the 3 Sessions of the Adams Collection generated nearly $14 million dollars. The featured lot was one of a kind Gold Engraved 86 Take Down made for John F. Dodge estimated at $175,000-$275,000 which went out at $333,500.00. The second session of the Dr. John Pickup Collection of Tasmania included many more great treasures and some strong results. A rare Colt “Fluck” Dragoon estimated at $40,000-$60,000 brought $77,625.00. One of the most exciting historical lots was a rare Custer designed medal and a souvenir of the Surrender at Appomattox all descended through the family of Col. Briggs, a famous commander in Custer’s 7th Cavalry. The grouping estimated at $45,000-$65,000 was subjected to a ferocious bidding battle which concluded with a final price of $184,000.00. Session Two began with the Doug Eberhart Collection. An exceptional British Proof First Model Colt Derringer in its original oak case estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 was hotly contested for with a prolonged bidding battle that resulted in $43,125.00. As usual, there was an offering of high grade sporting arms. In general, whether they were foreign or U.S. made they brought a tremendous amount of participation and outstanding results. An A-1 Special 16 gauge Parker with Gold Inlaid estimated at $135,000-$165,000, went out at $178,250.00. A magnificent LC Smith grade A-3 12 gauge estimated at $65,000-$95,000 hammered down at $132,250.00. A select grouping of military and Class III included a rare, outstanding 1893 Borchardt Pistol in case estimated at $50,000-$75,000 finally went out at $103,500.00. The auction was an outstanding success regardless of how you approach the statistics. 851 lots sold carried a total low estimate of $8.8 million dollars but sold for approximately $13.5 million dollars ($4 million over low estimate). Of the 851 lots sold, 347 lots (over 40%) realized $10,000.00 or more. 11 items realized $100,000.00 or more. The average sale price per lot with a resounding $15,276.00. Julia’s next sale is scheduled for the Fall 2013 and will take place either late September or October.


    June Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totaled Nearly $1.1 Million!

    June 20th & 21st, 2012


    With the faltering of the world economies casting uncertainty in almost all areas of life, we did not know what to expect from our June 20-21, 2012 Lamp & Glass Auction. We were delighted that the auction totaled nearly $1.1 Million! The collection of exceptional Moser glass drew a great deal of attention worldwide and was highlighted by the monumental decorated and applied vase which sold for $26,450 within the estimate range of $20,000-$30,000. Once again paperweights drew a great deal of attention and highly competitive bidding with one highlight being a Clichy loop garland paperweight from the Una & Henry Blake collection which was estimated at $5,000-$7,000 and sold near the top of the estimate at $6,900. French cameo glass showed some weakness in the auction but high quality items that were fresh to the market still did very well. A Daum Nancy prairie vase estimated at $10,000-$15,000 sold for $14,950. Good pieces of Tiffany Studios continue to draw a great deal of interest. A few of the highlights include a Tiffany Studios window sketch which was estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and sold for $5,175. A magnificent Tiffany Studios decorated black vase was estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and sold for $25,300. A very nice Tiffany Studios Tiffany dragonfly table lamp estimated at $60,000-$80,000 sold for $69,000. We are already accepting consignments for our fall Lamp & Glass sale. Please contact us today if you have an important single item or an entire collection! Let us show you how we can put James D. Julia�s marketing and reputation for fair dealings to work for you!


    Annual End of Summer Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Totals Nearly $4.5 Million!

    August 21st-24th, 2012


    The Antique & Fine Art Department ended the summer with a bang! Our largest offering with over 3,000 lots bringing nearly 4.5 million!!! With nearly 1800 registered bidders representing 39 countries proving once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! We saw new buyers entering the market which was a reassuring sign that the market is on an upswing. The collectible market showed its strength with the Asian section demanding the most attention driving many lots well over their high estimates.

    We have been extremely successful in our Asian Arts sessions in our last three auctions and we invite you to contact James Callahan, our Director of Asian Arts for inclusion in this next sale.


    Extraordinary Firearms Auction
    Reaches $16.5 Million Sales Level!

    October 1st & 2nd, 2012


    In March of this year James D. Julia Auctioneers conducted what is the largest grossing firearms auction ever in history. At nearly $18 million, nothing else had ever come close to that figure. It was hard to imagine ever putting together another sale of such monumental proportions, but the recent October sale certainly nearly approached it. At over $16 million the October sale is the second largest grossing firearms auction ever held in history.

    The first day featured the second installment of the fabulous Wes Adams Winchester Collection and the participation was extraordinary. Highlights included a fine 1860 Henry rifle, estimated at $65,000-95,000, and realized $109,000. The piece de resistance of this Adams’ session, however, was, a spectacular cased, silver-plated and L.D. Nimschke engraved Model 1866. The gun was originally made for James J. Hill, a railroad and steamboat magnate. The gun carried an estimate of $100,000-175,000, but when the smoke cleared, it had realized $224,250.

    Historical arms also do extremely well at Julia’s, and this sale was no exception. Included was an extremely rare factory-engraved Colt SA Sheriff’s model that originally belonged to legendary lawman Jefferson Davis Milton. Milton was at one time a Texas Ranger, and eventually became Sheriff in various areas, including El Paso. He was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt into the U.S. Immigration Service to patrol the southwestern border. Milton was not only a historic, but colorful, western lawman. In fact, his biography laid claim to the famous lawman’s statement, “I never killed a man that didn’t need killing.” His Colt was estimated at $150,000-250,000 and went out at just a tad over $200,000.

    Holding the record for the collection to come from the greatest distance was a Dr. John and Margaret Pickup Collection of rare antique Colts. The Pickups, residents of Tasmania, had recently decided to dispose of their fine collection. One of the most stunning offerings was their extremely rare cased, 1st Model Dragoon, which was identified to C.H. Bowman of the Tampico Rangers. This is believed to be one of the finest 1st Model Dragoons known and carried a presale estimate of $125,000-225,000. It went out at just over $181,000.

    Julia’s recently opened a new satellite office in Woburn, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Although they have only been open a few months, the dividends from the office have already paid off significantly. For instance, a collection of rusty, old artillery projectiles from the Gettysburg battle were discovered in an old Massachusetts house. Many of these projectiles retained these original small wooden stands, one of which was inscribed, “Pickett’s Front”, another “Hancock Front”, etc. The entire grouping of relics were offered with a total presale estimate of $24,000-38,000, but blew far by the high estimate to finally realize $100,800.

    The star of the sporting arms was in American shotguns. A rare and exceptional and all original Parker Bros. 20 bore A-1 Special with beautiful deep relief engraving was estimated at $125,000-175,000 and came close to high estimate at $166,750. Another Parker, a DHE 28 ga., estimated at $25,000-35,000, sold at just over $36,000. A fabulous Winchester Model 21 deluxe, No. 5, engraved two-barrel set for Chicago Industrialist, S. H.” Wacky” Arnolt, was estimated at $35,000-55,000 and went for a strong but not wacky price at $39,675.


    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.


    Historic Firearms Auction
    A Blowout at Approximately $18 Million in Sales!

    March 12th & 13th, 2012


    This auction was touted as including three historic collections.

    (1)The renowned Robert Howard Collection. Mr. Howard was one of the great collectors of the 20th century having an expansive, diverse interest in firearms for all periods, ranging from flintlock to 20th century arms. This collection was renowned for its condition, rarity and value.

    (2)The Dr. Lucie Collection of Bill Scagel knives and items. Considered to be one of the finest, if not the finest, collections of its type in the world today. Dr. Lucie is the recognized scholar on Bill Scagel and his items and recently completed a definitive book on Scagel.

    (3) The Wes Adams Collection of extraordinary Winchesters and Colts. Wes Adams’ collection, regardless of whether they were Colts or Winchesters, were a reflection of items of spectacular condition, rarity and value. His Winchester collection is considered to be perhaps the finest collection of its type to ever come to auction.

    In addition to these three historic collections was an offering of other outstanding items drawn from numerous other collections in the states. The response and participation was one of the greatest that the Julia Firearms Division has experienced in many, many years, which included a much larger crowd in attendance and double the number of absentee bids normally received. But as they say, “the proof is in the pudding” and the results clearly tell the whole story. The total low estimate of the items sold was a little over $10 million, but the gross realized (including 15% buyer’s premium) equaled almost $18 million. This landmark sale produced the highest gross every attained for any firearms auction in history and broke the previous record set by Julia’s of $12.7 million in March of 2008. The results are even more significant when including the results of the Poulin Auction Company that took place next door just preceding the Julia auction. The Poulin Company generated sales of $2.1 million. The combined total of the two auctions in this five day event equated to approximately $20 million!!

    The depth of quality, rarity and value was enormous in this sale. In fact, this unprecedented gross of $18 million was realized from the sale of less than 1100 lots! The average sale price per lot of all things sold was around $16,500! There were over 185 lots which sold for $25,000 or more; 65 lots realized $50,000 or more; and 18 lots sold above $100,000. Regardless of how you measure it, the sale was a monumental success for not only Julia’s and all of the consignors but also sent a very strong and convincing message to the firearms collecting fraternity and the world as a whole that the firearms collection fraternity is still extraordinarily strong, active and positive.

    Julia’s next auction scheduled for October, 2012, will include Session II of the extraordinary Wes Adams Collection, together with other important collections.

    A special hardbound catalog will be produced on Robert Howard Collection only, within the next month or two. Price (with prices realized): $100

    A special hardbound catalog will also be produced on the entire Wes Adams Collection after the March, 2013, and will include all of the items from the Wes Adams Collection, including Session I, II & III. Price: $225

    Consignments are now being accepted for our important Fall 2012 Firearms Auction.


    Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    Grosses Over $3 Million!

    February 2, 3 & 4, 2012


    We have been extremely successful in our Asian Arts section in our last two auctions and we are seeking quality consignments for our Important August Sale.

    The Antique & Fine Art Department has kicked off the auction year with an outstanding 3- day sale! With over 1300 registered bidders representing 28 countries proves, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! Strong sales were highlighted by a pair of Chinese Huanghuali Yokeback Armchairs from the Hobart Collection achieving $460,000.

    Consignments are now being considered for our August 2012 Annual Summer Auction which is always a highlight of the summer season in New England. Contact Bill Gage or Tony Greist at 207-453-7125 or email antiques@jamesdjulia.com


    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.


    Fall Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.5 Million!

    December 1 & 2, 2011


    The December 1 & 2, 2011 Lamp & Glass Auction was a great success totaling over $1.5 Million! The auction saw resurgence in interest in both Early and Victorian glass with a pair of Sandwich glass whale oil lamps estimated at $1,500 to $2,500 and selling for $4,830. A large selection of rare paperweights drew attention from around the world and was highlighted by a Clichy millefiori close pack paperweight estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 and sold for $9,200. French cameo glass was highlighted by a spectacular Eugene Michel cameo and intaglio carved vase which was estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 and sold for $47,150. There was a great deal of interest in Tiffany items with a Tiffany stained glass window sketch estimated at $2,000 to $3,000 and sold for $18,400 and a Tiffany Arrowroot table lamp estimated at $35,000 to $45,000 and sold for $51,750. Please see our list of unsold lots and feel free to contact us with realistic offers. Also see our complete prices realized here on our website.


    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.


    Outstanding Fall 2011 Firearms Auction
    Totals Over $9 Million

    October 4th & 5th, 2011


    Once again our simple formula of presenting an exemplary group of items combined with an exemplary presentation, have resulted in exemplary returns. Prices were strong in every category we offered. The total low estimate of the items sold was $6,492,000 which generated over $9 Million in sales, approx. $2.4 Million over low estimate!

    The sale started with Class III arms which generated outstanding returns. The rare AR 15 “Coconut Rifle” estimated at $40k-60k went out at $103,500! A superb offering of rare shotguns and sporting arms included an exquisite Boss Over/Under Side Lock 20ga, estimated at $65-85k brought a remarkable $189,750! A spectacular Gold Inlayed Winchester 86 estimated at $150-250k went out at $201,250! There are numerous highlights in the Colt offerings most notable was a Rare Cased No. 5 Colt Paterson which went out at $431,250. Julia’s once again re-set the world auction record for a Kentucky Rifle with an important Frederick Sell, which went out at $195,500!


    Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.5 Million!

    June 23rd & 24th, 2011


    We are very pleased with the success of our June 23-24th Lamp & Glass auction which totaled over $1.5 Million. Lamps were very strong with a Tiffany Arrowroot table lamp with lily pad and cattail base selling for $92,000, while an 18” Peony sold for $94,875! A Handel leaded Wisteria table lamp sold for $20,125 and a Handel reverse painted Daffodil table lamp sold for $10,350. Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre was very strong with a Bubbles II malfrey pot selling for $33,925 and Lahore covered vase selling for $15,525. While the French cameo glass market has showed some softness, there were still some very impressive sales including a monumental 21” cameo and enameled Columbine vase which sold for $12,650 and a Galle cameo table lamp which sold for $19,550. You can view our entire prices realized here online.


    Annual End of Summer Antique & Fine Art Auction
    New Record for Summer Auction
    Totals Over $5,000,000!

    August 23-26, 2011


    The Antique & Fine Art Department ended the summer with a bang! Our largest antique & fine art sale in our history bringing over $5 million!!! With over 1700 registered bidders representing 29 countries proving once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! We saw new buyers entering the market which was a reassuring sign that the market is on an upswing. The collectible market showed its strength with the Asian section demanding the most attention with several lots bringing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.


    Important Firearms Auction March 2011
    SOLD! Robust Sale Equals $10 Million

    March 14 & 15, 2011


    The clear message from our March 14th & 15th, 2011 firearms auction is that firearms collecting world is rebounding very strongly. Some extraordinary record prices scattered across a vast array of firearms niches, together with an ever-increasing number of bidders returning to the chase with a renewed enthusiasm and excitement, all bode well for the firearms collecting world. The low estimate of everything sold was a tad over $7 million and the total realized was just under $10 million. But despite record prices and a number of strong very healthy prices and lots of enthusiasm, there were still plenty of bargains and for serious collectors this is an excellent time to be expanding on their collection(s).

    Some highlights of the sale were lot 2034, the engraved and gold inlaid 73 deluxe Winchester, estimated at $50,000-$100,000 which, after a furious bidding battle, ended up at $391,000! A set of three, gold-inlaid Kornbrath engraved Colt single actions, estimated at $300,000-$450,000, and realized $345,000. The much touted Westley Richards, .577NE which had belonged to renowned author Ernest Hemingway, carried a presale estimate of $150,000-$200,000 and went out at just about $340,000. A spectacular sterling silver Tiffany swords presented to General Lewis Merrill (from the Fred McDonald Estate) went to auction with a low estimate of $85,000 and a high estimate of $125,0000 and sold for just a little over $240,0000. Another exciting bidding battle was for the J.M. Small flintlock rifle with carved stock; estimated at $45,000-$65,000, it was a rare find and finally hammered down at $184,000; believed to be the highest price ever attained for a Kentucky rifle at auction. A Spencer carbine, forensically proven to have been used at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, was offered at $85,000-$125,000. Despite the selling price of $138,000 it was a very good buy; there are only a handful of these guns forensically proven to have been at the battle field and of the few in private hands, our firm has sold four of them in the past and most of them brought well above this in fact, one brought a multiple of what this one realized. A Fabbri best sidelock over/under .410 gauge shotgun from the Robert Petersen Estate, estimated at $80,000-$120,000, went out at $97,750.


    Lamp and Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.9 Million!

    December 1 & 2, 2010


    WOW!!! Our December 1 & 2, 2010 Lamp & Glass Auction well surpassed our expectations. The sale totaled $1.9 Million and a great number of items sold well above the high estimates. A Tiffany Aquamarine vase estimated at $15,000-$20,000 drew a lot of attention and sold for $34,500. A magnificent Tiffany Peony Border floor lamp estimated at $125,000-$175,000 sold for $172,500. A wonderful Quezal hooked feather vase estimated at $1,500-$2,500 sold for $6,900 and a wonderful pair of whale oil lamps estimated at $1,200-$1,400 sold for $11,500. We are extremely pleased with the results of this sale and will immediately start working on our Spring 2011 sale.


    2-Day Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Totals Nearly $2.2 Million!!!

    February 3rd & 4th, 2011


    The Antique & Fine Art Department has kicked off the auction year with an outstanding sale! With over 1400 registered bidders representing 17 countries proves, once again, that fresh, quality items, carrying conservative estimates, combined with the most expansive marketing campaign, guarantees maximum results! We saw new buyers and the resurgence of dormant buyers, a reassuring sign that the market is on an upswing. The collectible market showed its strength with the sale of a Marblehead Vase at $86,250.


    Outstanding October Firearms Auction
    Totals Over $10 Million In Sales!!!

    October 5 & 6, 2010


    The storied President Theodore Roosevelt Fox was a showpiece in the auction gallery and a record breaker on the bidding floor. Touted prior to the sale as “the most historic and most valuable American shotgun ever offered at public sale” this Fox gun, about which Pres. Roosevelt himself espoused that “ no better gun was ever made” indeed made history and proved the prediction right by selling for $862,500, becoming the MOST expensive American shotgun ever sold at auction! James D. Julia, Inc. now owns the American shotgun record books by consistently topping itself (ahead of the 2nd, 3rd & 4th expensive American shotguns sold at auction: an A-1 Parker Special made for the Czar of Russia that sold for $287,500 in March 2007, an L.C. Smith Deluxe, which realized $235,750 in March 2008, and Nash Buckingham’s beloved Bo Whoop which brought $201,250 in March 2010 all sold by James D. Julia, Inc.) But the tremendous results and successes weren’t exclusive to the shotguns! With over $10 Million in sales, Julia’s Fall classic was abound with stellar prices from the Winchester 1st Model 1873 “One Of One Hundred” at $373,750 to the $80,500 for the Rare Singer 1911 A1, the Spectacular Daniel Fraser brought $132,250 and the Colts of course made their presence known with a Rare Colt-Ehlers No. 5 Texas Paterson bringing $172,500 and a Cased Engraved 1860 Army & Sword achieving $149,500 and the three #10 Engraved Marlins from the Rohal Estate Collection featured on the 28th Blue Book of Gun Values realized $112,125. From Class 3 to historic Civil War and Confederate items, the quality and diversity could not be denied!! The sale showcased many fine, renowned collections and estates providing collectors of all levels ample opportunity to take part in the heavy bidding. With an average sale value of almost $12,000 per lot James D. Julia, Inc. has proven itself, once again, to be the premiere auctioneer of high-grade, quality items of value and rarity leading the way for consignors and buyers alike.


    End of Summer Spectacular Maine Auction
    Totals Nearly $3 Million!!!

    August 25th - 27th, 2010


    Outstanding results were achieved in all areas highlighted by a set of 17 silk trade banners fetching $125,350 and being purchased by a consortium of Maine Institutions and Organizations. This method of purchase, being the first of its kind to our knowledge, shows Maine as an innovator in its quest to retain significant cultural and artistic State treasures. The sale showed strength in fresh to the market goods which consistently achieved much higher than expected results.


    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.


    June Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Just Under $2 Million!

    June 22 & 23, 2010


    With the world’s economies still floundering, it is very hard to predict what auction results will be in today’s world. We came into this auction with thoughts of pride, anticipation and trepidation. Pride; for the extensive and diverse offering of fine art glass and lighting. Anticipation; because of the considerable amount of monetary value being offered. Trepidation; because of uncertainty of how the economic conditions might affect buyers. We are very pleased and proud to announce that the sale was a wonderful success totaling nearly $2 Million! Tiffany remained very strong with the highlight being the Tiffany Geranium table lamp estimated at $30,000-$40,000 and sold to the winning bidder for $63,250. See the Selected Highlights for more of the outstanding prices realized.


    2-Day Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    Pre-sale Low Estimate $2.3 Million
    Realized Over $4 Million!!!

    February 4 & 5, 2010


    Yorktown Map sells for
    ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED
    FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!

    The most expensive antique ever sold in Maine at auction & also the world record for any map ever sold at auction!


    Yorktown Map


    Extraordinary March Firearms Auction
    Realized Nearly $8.5 Million!

    March 15 & 16, 2010


    Bo-Whoop, Hair-Trigger Meldrum, and Nicholas Noel Boutet where some of the great stars in our March 15th & 16th auction. The sale grossing nearly $8.5 million , against a pre-sale estimate of approx. $7 million, was a tremendous success.

    Nash Buckingham’s long lost and beloved Bo-Whoop shotgun, recently consigned to Julia’s became the 3rd most expensive American shotgun ever sold at auction when it realized $201,250 (the most expensive American shotgun was an A-1 Parker Special made for the Czar of Russia, sold for $287,500 by J.D. Julia in March 2007. The second highest American Shotgun was an L.C. Smith Deluxe also sold by this firm, in March 2008, which realized $235,750.) An extremely rare gold inlaid and engraved Colt Single Action, at one time presented to Robert Meldrum by the Tomboy Gold Mine Co. in Telluride, CO, sold for $258,750. The biggest star of the auction was a collection of extraordinary high-art gold and silver mounted flintlock pistols by Nicholas Noel Boutet. This cased set saw a great deal of bidding action and finally hammered down at $437,000. There were many other pleasant surprises throughout the auction and in general, as is the case with all auctions in this new economy, there were bargains scattered throughout, but most importantly there was strong bidding activity and in general all categories did quite well overall.


    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.


    Lamp & Glass Auction Outstanding Auction
    Totals Over $1.5 Million!

    November 19 & 20, 2009


    With very strong participation from bidders around the world, the November lamp and glass auction was a resounding success totaling in excess of $1.5 Million! The sale was highlighted by a beautiful Tiffany Studios Daffodil table lamp that sold for $63,250. A Tiffany Studios 16” Dragonfly table lamp which sold for $40,250. A wonderful Tiffany Studios flower form vase sold for $11,500. Two magnificent E. Michel cameo glass vases; one selling for $25,300 and the other selling for $20,125. A gorgeous Daum Nancy blackbird vase with eighteen blackbirds had a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 selling for $12,650 and a truly beautiful Tiffany red favrile decorated cabinet vase with an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000; selling for $6,612.50. An exceptional Parrot & Aquarium leaded glass window estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 selling for $16,100. The sale definitely showed a strong turn around in the economic conditions in the antiques world.


    Annual End of the Summer Spectacular Maine Auction
    Totals $3.1 Million!

    August 25 - 29, 2009


    This was our largest grossing antique & fine arts sale ever conducted at our Fairfield, Maine facility; with 1225 registered bidders representing 17 different countries. Along with a capacity crowd, active internet participation and a telephone bank that, in several occasions showed 16 people standing, bidding was very active and proved that fresh conservatively estimated quality goods are still in demand and can fetch strong prices.

    “The Villa Borghese, Rome, 1871” by George P. Inness $132,250
    Apple Blossoms oil painting by Martin J. Heade $126,500
    “Morning Mist, Pin Mill” oil painting by Edward B. Seago $59,800
    “Avant Le Nuit (Finlande)” oil painting by Ivan D. Choultse $57,500
    Outstanding carved NW Coast Cedar Bird-Formed Oil Dish $$39,100
    Important American Pictorial Hooked Rug $32,200
    Outstanding Zinc Statue of an Indian Warrior $28,750
    “Morning Along Creek, 1928” by Emile A. Gruppe $24,150
    Portrait of the CB. Hazeltineby Percy A. Sanborn $20,700
    “The Star” bronze by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth $11,788

    October 2009 Firearms Auction Extraordinaire
    Totals Nearly $11 Million!!!

    October 6 & 7, 2009


    Another Significant Success in Challenging Times.

    For the last 6 years, our firearms auctions have averaged approximately $10 million plus per sale, a feat never equaled by any other auction company in the world. In this October’s event, the Julia Company presented 1214 lots (The Poulin Auction Company presented 2205 lots that sold approx. $1.7 million) which equals nearly $13 million dollars worth of sales in 1 week!


    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!


    Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.7 Million!

    June 19 & 20, 2009


    The talk in the art glass world for weeks prior to our June 19th & 20th auction was that based on quality, rarity, diversity and value, this was the finest offering of rare lamps and art glass to take place this year anywhere, and indeed it was. There was a breath-taking array of superb items and the response, despite the economy, was simply terrific. As was fully expected, with this downturn in the economy, not everything sold and there were more bargains than there were 1-1/2 to 2 years ago when the economy was very upbeat. But the really exciting news about this auction was that A) the sale produced over $1.7 Million in sales; B) it was the largest crowd in attendance at a Julia Lamp & Glass auction for many years with bidders flying in from as far away as Israel to attend the sale, but C) most excitingly was some of the results. Some of the rare things saw tremendous participation and extremely strong prices. Whether you have one item or an entire collection, contact us immediately. Our marketing and promotion plan is exceeded by none, our terms are the lowest in the industry for expensive quality items and no one produces any stronger results. Call us today!


    Superb March 2009 Firearms Auction
    Sold $11.5 Million!

    March 16 & 17, 2009


    Another extraordinary auction in extraordinary times. The gross sales result of $11.5 Million was obtained on $8.7 Million worth of low estimate or $2.8 Million over low estimate. 45 items brought over $50,000! 12 items brought over $100,000! 9 items brought over $200,000! Three items brought over $500,000! The phenomenal Murphy collection was extremely well received with lots of bidding competition and high prices on these rare and extraordinary items, but the Murphy collection was not the only thing that shined as great prices were obtained for many of the fine shotguns and sporting rifles, Civil War items, great Winchesters, Class III and 20th Century Military items. Of course, not everything brought extraordinary prices, as was to be expected, there were a number of very good buys in this auction, and one of the strongest reasons in the world for passionate collectors of firearms to stay active in these particular turbulent times. This is the first time in ten years that collectors have had an opportunity to attain some true bargains and smart perceptive buyers will continue to pay particular attention to both auctions, gun shows, and gun dealers offerings. Just as there are great opportunities in our country today, in businesses and stocks and real-estate, there are great opportunities in the collectible field. The results of the October 2008 and now the 2009 March sale, once again reflect the tremendous passion, resilience and confidence of collectors of antique and collectable firearms. Our industry is still doing well, none of us are in line looking for bail out money, nor do we have to be concerned about egregious bonuses, Ponzi schemes and stock frauds. Kudos to the passion and enthusiasm of the gun collecting fraternity!


    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.


    Important Fall Lamp and Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.6 Million!

    November 21 & 22, 2008


    While the economic downturn has undoubtedly affected every aspect of American business, we are very pleased with the outcome of our fall Lamp & Glass auction totaling over $1.6 Million. It showed once again, that very high quality art glass and lighting have certain immunity to negative economic conditions. Highlighting the sale was a fantastic Tiffany Studios red tulip table lamp estimated at $70,000 to $100,000 and sold for $109,250 also in the area of fine lighting was a spectacular Gorham leaded table lamp of very large size and spectacular color. The lamp sold for $47,150. Handel reverse painted lamps were extremely strong with strong competitive bidding running the prices to very strong levels. An outstanding Handel Jungle Bird from the Gaba Estate sold for $15,812 against an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 while a Handel blue Chinese Pheasant table lamp sold for $27,600 against an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. Quality art glass also showed strong values with a spectacular Tiffany Studios pastel candlestick setting a new World Record for a piece of Tiffany pastel at $6,612. A fine monumental Daum Nancy swan vase estimated at $10,000-$15,000 sold for $18,400.


    Annual Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Sale Totals Over $1.5 Million!

    February 6 & 7, 2009


    This sale met with great enthusiasm with great attendance both by in house bidders, telephone & absentee bidders and internet bidding through Artfact Live. Great items still attain great prices as illustrated by our stag weathervane which fetched $83,375.


    Outstanding Fall Firearms Auction
    Totals Nearly $12 Million!
    Extraordinary Results In Extraordinary Times!

    October 6 & 7, 2008


    Fairfield, Maine – On Monday October 6th & Tuesday October 7th the U.S. Stock Market plunged nearly 10%, the world economy flirted with catastrophe but in Fairfield, Maine an assemblage of rare antique guns brought extraordinary results, despite the economy. A Colt Walker pistol, made for use in the Mexican War, and considered to be one of the finest examples in existence sold for a spectacular $920,000. This was the most expensive single firearm ever sold at auction in the world. Julia’s held the past two World Records for Walker Revolvers with previous sales of $480,000 and $432,000. This Walker carried a pre-sale estimate of $500,000 to $1,000,000; another rare Colt cased fluted Army sold for $454,000. Total low estimate of all items sold was $9.7 million and sold for approximately $12 million. In all, 2 objects sold for over $400,000, 10 objects realized above $100,000, 31 sold above $50,000, 124 sold for over $20,000, and 294 sold over $10,000. The average sale value of approximately $11,500 is the highest average ever achieved by an auction house for firearms. The sale was, unquestionably, a tremendous testament to the demand, confidence and resilience of antique, tangible assets. James D. Julia, Inc. Auctioneers is currently the World’s Leading Auction House for high quality firearms. For the last 4 years their auctions have consistently attained some of the highest grosses in the world for firearms. For more details contact James D. Julia, Inc at 207-453-7125.


    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.


    Julia’s Largest Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $3 Million!

    June 19 & 20, 2008


    If anyone had a concern about the present state of the Glass and Lamp collectibles market in the present economy, those fears should have completely evaporated with the results of our June 19th & 20th auction. Collectors from all over the world competed for this choice offering of rare glass and lamps with an obvious enthusiasm and confidence in rare tangible assets as perhaps opposed to the current stock market. The pre-sale estimate of the total sold on the 19th and 20th was $2,227,655.00 with a final result of $3 million, approximately 33% over estimate. This is the largest lamp and glass auction conducted by the Julia Auction Company to date, and was one of the largest auctions of rare glass and lamps conducted by any firm in North America. There was a vast array of quality and rarity, which was eagerly competed for with, in some cases, dramatic results.

    This was a widely diverse sale with glass ranging from Ancient Roman to Victorian to Tiffany and French Cameo glass to Contemporary art glass. The lamp section of the sale featured over 110 quality lamps by makers such as Tiffany, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Wilkinson, Pairpoint and many more. The auction featured consignments from numerous estates as well as individual consignors from across North America. Our special thanks to all who participated in this record breaking auction!


    Spectacular Summer Auction
    A New Record for the Samoset Auction $5,000,000!

    August 26-28, 2008


    Our 21st annual Samoset sale was a huge success! The extraordinary array of merchandise found buyers from all across the country and the world!

    DAY 1: Includes Victorian & Custom Furniture & Accessories including Herter, Belter, Meeks, Horner, Mallard, Hagen & other high end ornate furniture including a rare etagere attributed to Belter and Herter dresser with Vanderbilt provenance; Small Antiquities collection; Bronzes; Sterling silver including Tiffany; Clocks; Jewelry including extraordinary pocket watches & diamond jewelry; Porcelain, Glass, Oriental rugs; Orientalia including Jade & ivory & much more.

    DAY 2: Early American and European furniture & accessories including outstanding Folk Art highlighted by 13 Earl Cunningham paintings, a Fabulous carved Goddess of Liberty figure, Two large carved eagle sternboards, Rare & Important Weathervanes; Carved Eagles & Portraits, Ship, Nautical, China Trade & 18 Percy Sanborn paintings; Important Books including an 1803 American Pilot, 8 Signed Books from the Library of John Adams; Clocks; Large quantity of Furniture including Four highboys; Slant Lid Desks; Beds; Card Tables; Chairs; Cast Iron Bank Collection; Dedham Pottery Collection; Important English & American Silver; Fabulous Oriental Rugs; Rare Quilts & much more.

    DAY 3: 600+ American & European Paintings (Folk Art, Portraits; Ship, Nautical, Percy Sanborn & China Trade paintings will be sold in Session 2).



    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.


    Important Lamp & Glass Auction
    Grosses Over $1.7 Million!

    Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2007


    Our Fall Lamp & Glass sale was another resounding success with strong participation from around the world. The sale was highlighted by several private collections that had not seen the market for many years. A rare collection of fine Quezal attracted a great deal of interest from the most advanced collectors in the world. While a fine collection of rare Tiffany Studios Bookmark desk accessories jammed our phone lines with as many as 22 bidders on the phones at one time! The sale, which totaled nearly $1.7 Million, once again confirms James D. Julia as the leading Lamp & Glass auctioneer in North America. The department is already hard at work on the Spring 2008 Lamp & Glass sale which once again promises to be one of the best in the world! Contact Dudley Browne or Julie Killam today with your quality consignments.


    Spring Firearms Auction
    A Record Breaking Success: $12.7 Million!

    March 10 & 11, 2008


    12,700,000! This is the largest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world which exceeds the previous record of $11,235,000 set by this auction house last Fall which exceeded the earlier record of $9,200,000 set by James D. Julia, Inc. There were approx. 1270 lots sold and the final price was almost $4 million above low estimate!

    This extraordinary auction was extremely strong throughout. Included was the Bruce Stern Collection offering an extraordinary array of 20th Century military items and Class III weapons; spectacular collection of high quality shotguns; incredible Colts; beautiful Winchesters; portions of the Robert Sadler, Ron Gabel, & Hank Vogel Collections, the late Ron Kiser Collection of single shots; Civil War items and much, much more! Prior to the JDJ auction the Poulin Auction Company conducted a spectacular 3-Day auction grossing $1.5 million. A $14.2 Million combined total!


    Spring Lamp & Glass Auction
    Totals Over $1.7 Million!

    June 29 & 30, 2007


    The summer Lamp & Glass sale was a huge success setting several record prices for Mt. Washington decorated Burmese and exceeding high estimate on numerous pieces of Tiffany, Steuben, Lalique & French cameo glass. The auction drew bidders from across North America as well as around the world. The Lamp & Glass Department is already hard at work accepting consignments for the fall auction. Please call today to take advantage of our strong marketing program and honest reputation.


    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.


    Annual Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Grosses Over $2.8 Million!

    January 31, February 1 & 2, 2008


    Our largest winter sale ever attracted bidders from across the world competing from the internet, telephones, absentee and in the gallery. Highlighted by the extraordinary bidding frenzy for the American Pilot chart book which ended up at $408,250 with a floor bidder walking away the victor! The art market continues to be strong and continued strength at the top of the market.


    Spectacular Fall Firearms Auction
    An Extraordinary Success Grossing $11.235 Million!

    October 8-10, 2007


    This is the highest grossing firearms auction ever conducted in history, exceeding the previous record of $9.2 set by this auction firm in October 2005 with only 1,332 lots resulting in an average sale value per lot of $8,304. Again, the highest in the industry.

    Our fall auction was an extraordinary auction containing fabulous examples of most of the major firearms collecting niches. Extraordinary Confederate and Civil War items, a fabulous collection of Colts, important Winchesters, a private collection of single-shot rifles, extraordinary double rifles and shotguns, a private collection of Indian Wars material, a superb historical lot and much more


    May Antiques & Fine Arts Auction
    Spring Auction Brings in Over $685,000!

    May 5, 2007


    Our Spring Antique Sale was a success with many items bringing over their estimates. This one day auction with over 700 lots was sold in two sessions. MORNING SESSION: We sold antiques & accessories incl 100 lots of Native American incl beadwork, basketry & pottery; Oriental Porcelain; Lighting; Folk Art; Oriental Rugs; Fire Buckets & Fireman related items; Early, Victorian & Custom furniture; Clocks; Bronzes; 35 Decoys; Baby Grand piano; Outstanding Tiffany & English silver; 2006 Ford Mustang Convertible and much more. AFTERNOON SESSION: started at approximately 3:00, after the conclusion of the first session, where we sold the paintings incl important American & European artists.


    Annual Samoset Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    Totals Over $4.5 MILLION!

    August 28th-30th, 2007


    Our annual end of summer extravaganza held at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine was a huge success with sales totaling nearly $4.6 million. With over 700 lots of fine art and over 1000 lots of furniture, folk art and accessories this sale was a three-day event not to be missed. We are already accepting consignments for next years summer sale as well as our Winter & Spring sales.


    Important Lamp & Glass Auction
    A Huge Success Totaling Over $1.8 Million!

    December 1st & 2nd, 2006


    Our fall Lamp & Glass auction will offer some of the rarest items to come to auction as well as a wide variety of outstanding glass and lamps. Highlighting the sale will be an extremely rare Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp. Prior to our discovery of this lamp, there were only 5 known to exist. The sale will also include many extremely fine pieces of Tiffany, Steuben, Quezal, Galle and Daum as well as a large collection of very fine and rare miniature lamps. Once again we will be offering a fine selection of rare Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre including a Ghostly Woods malfrey pot, a fine Lahore Imperial bowl and an extremely rare watercolor of a fairyland scene by Daisy Makeig-Jones. This is definitely a sale you won’t want to miss!

    Item Sold
    Pairpoint puffy owl lamp Sold $86,250.00
    Steuben red aurene decorated vase Sold $40,000.00
    Daum seagull vase Sold $27,600.00
    Daum prairie vase Sold $10,350.00
    Daum wheel carved cornflower vase Sold $6,900.00
    Daum dragonfly vase Sold $17,250.00
    Stevens & Williams Cranberry Mini Lamp Sold $5,175.00
    Tiffany “Byzantine” inkwell Sold $4,887.50
    Tiffany Studios “Art Deco” pen tray Sold $2,300.00
    Tiffany Studios “Ninth Century” paperweight Sold $2,587.50

    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 2007 Firearm Auction
    Another Outstanding Success at $7,483,735!

    March 12 & 13, 2007


    Our March 12-13 sale was another outstanding success! The total low estimate of the lots sold was $5,776,550 with a final sales price of $7,483,735 – almost 30% above low estimate! The average sale price per lot of $7,666 is again the highest in the industry. The sale included a number of new auction records.


    The Czar Nicholas II Parker A1 Special Shotgun
    SN 168304. (Est. $225,000-325,000)
    Sold: $287,500!


    Important Lamp & Glass Auction
    Final Selling Price Tops $2.3 Million!

    June 16 & 17, 2006


    Julia’s summer Fine Lamp & Glass auction was not just another auction. Outstanding collections and fresh discoveries coupled with a world class marketing program enticed and attracted a plethora of buyers from across the country and around the globe. Julia’s blew the doors off with outstanding results, including some new World Auction Records. Offered was a wide variety of exceptional art glass and lighting including Tiffany, Mt. Washington, Steuben, as well as a fine array of French cameo glass and rare pottery. Consisting of over 1,100 lots gathered from various collections and estates from across North America, the two-day gross topped $2.3 Million.

    Item Sold
    Mt. Washington Royal Flemish
    Double Handled Vase
    Sold $28,175.00
    Steuben Red Aurene Vase Sold $33,350.00
    Quezal Jack In The Pulpit Sold $13,225.00
    Tiffany Studios Poppy Table Lamp Sold $13,800.00
    Daum Nancy Prairie Vase Sold $20,125.00
    Galle Polar Bear Vase Sold $34,500.00
    Rare Pairpoint Begonia Table Lamp Sold $51,750.00

    Annual Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    Totals Over $2.4 Million!

    February 2nd-4th, 2007


    This sale will feature a collection of Currier & Ives prints including rare examples; Fine Rockport/Gloucester School paintings; Along with a great selection of art collected across the United States. Antiques will include American & European furniture & accessories.

    Item Sold
    Oil Painting by Ivan F. Choultse (Est. $20,000-30,000) $106,950
    Oil Painting by Ivan F. Choultse (Est. $30,000-50,000) $103,500
    Outstanding 4-Piece Bedroom Set $63,250
    Oil Painting by James Bard $51,750
    Oil Painting by Emile A. Gruppe $36,800
    Oriental Rug $23,000
    Set of 4 Currier & Ives Prints $18,400
    KPM Plaque $18,400
    Camille Faure Limoges Vase $13,200
    Folk Art Theorem $16,100

    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 Firearm Auction
    A Fabulous Success at $8.3 Million PLUS!

    October 9th-11th, 2006


    Our October 9, 10 & 11th firearm auction was another fabulous success at $8.3 Million Plus! Together with the Spring 2006 auction they are the two highest grossing auctions this year in North America.


    Early 1863 Army of Northern Virginia Battle
    Flag of the 23rd Georgia Infantry
    Sold: $161,000!


    Spectacular 3 Day Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    A Huge Success Totaling Over $4.2 Million!

    August 22nd-24th, 2006


    Our annual end of summer auction is always a great sale which includes American & European Fine Art, American & European Furniture & Accessories, Silver, Folk Art Nautical and much more. With last year’s sale grossing over $3.3 million this is a sale you will not want to miss!

    Item Estimate Sold
    Abbott Fuller Graves Est. $30,000-50,000 $80,500
    Allen Butler Talcott Est. $9,000-12,000 $20,700
    Jules V. Guerin Est $6,500-8,500 $12,650
    Four Charles II Candlesticks Est $15,000-25,000 $106,375
    George I/II Irish Punchbowl Est $10,000-20,000 $97,750
    Folk Art Victorla Cabinet Est $5,000-15,000 $63,250
    Thomas Jefferson Letter Est $10,000-20,000 $34,500
    Tiffany Diamond Ring Est. $25,000-35,000 $47,150
    Kentucky Derby Trophy Est. $18,000-25,000 $28,750


    Fall Lamp & Glass Auction
    Final Selling Price Over $1.7 Million!

    Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2005


    Our Fall Lamp & Glass Auction is possibly the finest overall offering of fine art glass and lighting we have had. From the spectacular Tiffany Peacock Feather table lamp to the extremely rare Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre “Ghostly Woods” malfrey pot, there is something in this sale for every discerning collector. We are very fortunate to be able to offer 2 pieces of Daum Nancy with very rare applied and wheel-carved dragonflies. The exceptionally high quality Tiffany Cameo Creamer is from the former A. Douglas Nash collection.The Handel 16″ Hydrangea Reverse-Painted table lamp is only the second example we have ever seen and the Webb Gem Cameo vase is truly a spectacular example. On top of all of these rare pieces we will also be offering over 15 pieces of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre, over 60 fine lamps, over 150 art glass shades, and hundreds more fine lots of Tiffany, French cameo glass, rare Victorian art glass, and much, much more.



    3-Day Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    A Success Totaling Over $1.9 Million!

    January 25th-27th, 2006


    Item Sold
    Rembrandt Bugatti $80,500
    Steeple Chase Horse Weathervane $35,650
    Golden Spike from the Transcontinental RR $27,025
    1951 Bentley $23,000
    Pr Chinese Export Famile Rose Tureens $19,550
    Edouard Adam $17,825
    Outstanding Oak & Leaded Glass Sideboard $63,250
    Thomas Jefferson Letter $11,212
    English Chippendale George III Games Table $9,487
    11″ Camille Faure Art Deco Vase $9,200

    Extraordinary Firearms Auction
    Grossed Just Over $9 Million!

    March 13 & 14, 2006


    No other auction firm in the world has ever conducted a $9 Million gun auction, this, however, is the 3rd gun auction in the $9 Million range that James D. Julia, Inc. has conducted in the past 2 years!

    Item Sold
    Rare & Exceptionally Fine Colt Walker Percussion Revolver (NEW WORLD RECORD!) $431,250
    Extremely Rare Cased Colt No. 5 Belt Model Texas Paterson Revolver With Ehler’s Hammer $316,000
    Exquisite One Of A Kind Elaborately Engraved Smith & Wesson #3 Second Model American Revolver $172,500
    Smith & Wesson Engraved & Gold Inlaid No. 3 Second Model American Revolver $195,500
    Exceedingly Rare & Stupendous Pair Of Smith & Wesson No. 1 Second Issue Spur
    Trigger Gold Inlaid Revolvers, Engraved & Presentation Inscribed By Gustave Young For John A. Rice
    $207,000
    Spectacular & Rare John M Olin Presentation Winchester Model 21 Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2 Bbl Set $80,500
    Extremely Rare John M. Olin Presentation Winchester Model 21 Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2 Bbl Set $66,125
    Extremely Rare Cased Parker Small Bore A1 Special Grade Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2-Bbl Set $97,750
    US Springfield 03/Mark 1 Rifle With Pederson Device $51,750
    1903 Springfield Armory Rod Bayonet $43,125
    Fine Volcanic #2 Navy Repeating Pistol $51,750



    Spectacular Fall Firearms Auction
    Largest Grossing Firearms Auction
    Ever Held in the World! $9.2 Million!

    October 3rd-6th, 2005


    In October 2004 we set a record for the highest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world at a little under $9 million. This auction exceeds that by over $300,000.


    Spectacular Cased Elaborately Engraved Exhibition Quality Colt SQL Action Army Revolver
    Sold: $230,000!


    Annual Samoset Auction
    Our Largest Grossing Summer Auction: $3.3 Million!

    August 24th-26th, 2005


    Our annual end of summer auction is always a great sale which includes American & European Fine Art, American & European Furniture & Accessories, Silver, Folk Art Nautical and much more. This is a sale you will not want to miss!



    Paul Sample “Coffee Time in America” (34″ x 40″)
    Sold: $109,250



    Antique & Fine Art Spring Auction
    Sale Totals Over $750k!

    May 5 & 6, 2005


    This will be a cataloged sale with American & European art, silver, American & European furniture & accessories. Included in this sale is an important Tennessee Collection of prehistoric Indian artifacts from the Allen Graves Estate including figural pipes, arrowheads, pottery and stone implements.

    Item Sold
    Important Estate Collection of 425+ Autographs $33,350
    Rare Cased Tall Clock by Jacob Maus $25,875
    Oil on Canvas by Frank Lobdell $25,875
    Oil on Canvas Abstract by Frank Lobdell $23,000
    Pr Chinese Export Famile Rose Tureens $16,100
    Oil on Canvas by James S. King $15,812
    Oil on Canvas by Edward Moran $13,225
    Oil on Canvas by Richard Hayley Lever $11,500
    Oil on Canvas by Alfred Thompson Bricher $11,212
    Patek Philippe 18K 29 Jewel 1 Minute Repeater Pocket Watch $11,212
    Oil on Panel by Pieter C. Dommersen $8,050
    Pair of Cloisonne Vases $7,820

    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



    Outstanding Spring Firearms Auction
    Grosses Over $5 Million!

    March 14th-16th, 2005


    This sale incl. a diverse and superb offering of firearms, swords and historical items drawn from various coll. incl. that of the late author & coll. Bruce McDowell, of the late P.J. Carisella, which will incl. the largest offering of Baron Von Richthofen (the Red Baron) personal items ever offered at auction. Also incl. is the remainder of the coll. of the late John Hamilton; a select offering of items from the Hank Truslow coll.; the World War II military coll. of the late Barney Frost; the target rifles of Olympic medalist Arthur Jackson; an outstanding offering of Civil War, Confederate and other 19th C. weapons from a major East coast private coll. A spectacular sale with something for everyone from the advanced collector to the beginner. Approx. 1500 lots in this fast-paced three-session auction. Don’t miss it!


    Most Important Firearms Auction
    Total Sales Just Under $9 Million!!

    October 4th-7th, 2004


    With total sales grossing just under $9 Million, this is the largest grossing Firearms Auction ever held in North America by any firm and believed to be the largest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world!

    Spectacular cased eng. Win. M1866 (Estimate $75,000-$125,000)
    Sold: $184,000!


    Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction
    A Great Success at Over $1.6 Million!

    January 26th-28th, 2005


    This sale featured additional items from the Woolworth Collection (FW Woolworth Dept. Store Family) including furniture, silver and oriental export; 200+ American & European paintings from various sources; Important wood and gilt metal cod weathervane from Kennebunkport, Maine; Historical documents including Commissioning paper sgd Abraham Lincoln; Fine painted furniture and good accessories from an Ohio collection and much more.

    Items sold

    • Knight Painting $310,500
    • Wool Quilt $97,750
    • Commemorative Half Dollars $87,400
    • Buffet Painting $35,650
    • Napoleon Book$29,900
    • Chippendale Desk $16,100
    • Pair of Mirrors $15,525
    • Chinese Export Dinner Service $13,800
    • Lenk Painting$13,225
    • Willard Clock $11,500

    Antique & Fine Arts Auction
    Sale Totals Over $655k!

    April 16 & 17, 2004


    Our annual spring auction will feature fine American and European art; a fine cane collection, early American furniture & accessories from a Maine home, jewelry from a California Estate and much more.



    OOC Anthony Thieme (22″ x 18″)
    Sold: $13,800



    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


    Important Firearms Auction
    A Success at Over $3 Million!

    March 15-17, 2004


    This large fine auction incl. a diversity of items for all levels of buyers. Winchesters incl. an M76, 1 of 1000, cal. 45-60, various Henrys incl. excel. Martial with documentation, also silver plated engr. Henry to Gen. Dodge. Wonderful selection of high-grade Winchesters incl. M86’s, 73’s, 76’s. Colts incl. rare Dragoons (some experimentals), cased examples, some fact. engr., superb M51 and 61 Martial Navy’s, cased 45 Boxer. This was a terrific sale with something for everyone from an advanced collector to a beginner.


    Rare & important consec. numbered pair of Griswold Conf. revolvers
    Sold: $80,500!


    Summer Auction Totals Over $2.1 Million

    August 25th-27th, 2004


    Our 2004 Annual Summer Antiques & Fine Arts Auction at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine was a wonderful succcess totaling over $2.1 Million. A variety of lots were offered including Nautical, American Indian, Jewelry, Photography, Weathervanes, Sterling Silver, Bronzes, Oriental Porcelain, Porcelain, Scrimshaw, Early Glass, Victorian Furniture, Samplers, Folk Art, Clocks, Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Mirrors and Oriental Rugs.

    Item Sold
    OOC by Granville Redmond $97,750
    David Sterenberg Still Life OOC $43,700
    Ogden Pleissner Snow Shoot $40,250
    OOC Portrait of Lady Robinson by Romney $31,625
    4-pc Parlor Suite Attr to Chas Boudoine $29,900
    18th C QA Maple Highboy $20,125
    Early Coin Silver Water Pitcher $15,237
    Cased Ship Diorama $11,500
    2 Tiffany Sterling & Lenox Cups. $10,062
    Fine Set of Hitchcock Side Chairs $9,200

    Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Sale Grosses Over $1.5 Million!

    January 8-10, 2004


    The featured Woolworth Collection grossed over $575,000 contributing significantly to the immensely successful 3 Day event which totaled over $1.6 Million.

    Item Sold
    Ogden M. Pleissner $49,450
    Cir.of Adriaen De Gryeff $47,150
    Set of 8 Geo. III Chairs $34,500
    Geo. II Giltwood Mirror $31,625
    Geo. I m/t Console Table $28,175
    Edward Berge Bronze $24,725
    Folk Art Hooked Rug $13,800
    Antonio Jacobsen Ptng. $13,800
    African-Amer. Ambrotypes $12,190
    Stag Head Trophy Mount $5,750

    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


    Fall Lamp & Glass Auction
    Spectacular Success with Sales Nearing $1.7 Million!

    November 19th-21st, 2003


    We were also very excited to offer a truly outstanding art glass shade collection belonging to the noted collector and authority Jon Heiden. His collection is well known throughout the country for its rare and unusual shades.

    Item Sold
    Spectacular Tiffany Floral Bouquet Leaded Shade Sold $218,500
    Tiffany Poppy Table Lamp Sold $81,650
    2.52 Diamond Solitaire Sold $39,100
    Blue Aurene Dec. Vase Sold $25,875
    Tiffany Linenfold Lamp Sold $24,150
    Tiffany Swirling Leaf Lamp Sold $18,975
    Tiffany Linenfold Table Lamp Sold $16,675
    Tiffany Lamp Base Sold $16,100
    Micro-Mosaic Inlaid Table Sold $16,100
    Tifany Acorn Table Lamp Sold $14,375

    Outstanding Fall Firearms Auction
    A Fabulous Success at approx. $3.4 Million!

    October 6th-8th, 2003


    Our recent Fall Firearms Auction was a fabulous success at approx. $3.4 Million. Hit selected highlights to see some of the exciting results. We are now accepting quality consignments and collections for our Important Spring 2004 Auction.


    Probably the finest pair of gold and nickel Nimschke
    style engraved Colts in existence. Unfired.
    Sold: $276,000!



    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

    2003 Spring Auction
    A Resounding Success at Over $895k!

    May 3, 2003


    As always this was be a widely diverse sale with selections ranging from fine Victorian art glass to wonderful examples of Steuben including Aurene, Cluthera, Acid cut back and more. Of course there was a fine selection of beautiful Tiffany glass including a rare vase made for the Alaska Yukon exposition, as well as many more vases, and accessories.

    2003

    Item Sold
    Tiffany Nasturtium Trellis Hanging Lamp Sold $83,375
    Argy Rousseau Pate De Verre Wolf Vase Sold $48,875
    Tiffany Poinsettia Table Lamp Sold $47,000
    18K Malachite & Diamond Presentation Clock Sold $34,500
    Lg. Galle Lake Como Vase Sold $28,750
    Tiffany Leaded Daffodil Lamp Sold $22,712.50
    Webb Cameo Swan’s Head Perfume Sold $14,950
    Steuben Tyrian Vase Sold $8,912.50
    Mt. Washington Crown Milano Vase Sold $4,600
    Tiffany “Bookmark” Desk Clock Sold $3,335





    Spectacular Tiffany Nasturtium Hanger.
    ($30,000-$40,000)
    SOLD: $89,125



    Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction
    Over $330K Sold!

    April 19, 2003


    Item Sold
    Lg. OOC by Ernest Lawson $20,412.50
    Federal Card Table Sgnd. I&S (Jacob Sanderson) $17,250
    Lg. OOB by Antonio Jacobsen $11,500
    OOC by Anthony Thieme $7,762.50
    OOB by Edwin Augustus Harleston $5,692.50
    OOC by Walter Kuhn $5,750
    Lot of G.A.R. Medals $5,175
    OOC by James Gale Tyler $4,600
    Fine Pair of Sheraton Card Tables $2,242.50
    Pair of Maine License Plates $603.75

    Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction
    An Incredible Sale Reacing Over $1 Million!

    January 11, 2003


    Item Sold
    Outstanding OOB by William Glackens $189,750
    OOC by Edouard Cortes Sold $25,875
    OOB by Francis Augustus Silva $20,700
    OOC by David Johnson $18,975
    OOC by Bruce Crane $18,975
    OOC by Paul Cornoyer $17,250
    Rare Tiffany Yacht Trophy Pitcher $12,075
    Orotone Photograph by Edward S. Curtis $8,740
    Chelsea Ship’s Bell Clock $6,300
    Majolica Oyster Plate $2,300

    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

    Important Fall Lamp & Glass Auction
    Reaches Over $1 Million!

    November 15 & 16, 2002


    We put together this offering from estates, collections and individual items from all over North America. From quality Victorian art glass such as plated amberina, Mt. Washington and Wheeling Peach Blow to fine examples of French cameo glass to extremely fine works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. There was something here for everyone!

    Item Sold
    Galle Marquetry vase Sold $39,675
    Extremely rare and fine signed Tiffany floriform vase Sold $22,425
    Loetz Phanomen vase Sold $12,650
    Important signed Schneider padded vase Sold $12,075
    Plated Amberina ruffled bowl Sold $8,050
    Tiffany Calyx floriform vase Sold $8,050
    Rare Loetz vase with heart decoration Sold $4,600
    Signed Daum cameo & enameled vase Sold $2,415

    Spectacular Fall Firearms Auction
    An Outstanding Success at $3.6 Million!

    October 7th-9th, 2002



    Rare and exquisite 1863 cased Colt pocket new model with superb intricate engraving and very rare carved grips inscribed to “L. T. Pearson, Esquire, by Colt Pat. F. A. Mfg. Co. 17th July 1868”. Pearson was the head of Colt’s finance division.
    Sold: $97,000!


    Spectacular Samoset 2002 Auction
    Grosses Over $2.4 Million!

    August 22 & 23, 2002


    Item Sold
    James Bard Painting $145,500
    William Trost Richards Painting $140,000
    4 piece Russian Faberge Sterling Tea Set $102,600
    John Belter Sofa (WORLD RECORD!) $63,000
    Thomas Moran Painting $55,200
    Thomas Hill Painting $51,750
    Cigar Store Indian Princes $12,075
    John Belter Table $48,300
    William Trost Richads Painting $34,500
    1940 Ford Deluxe Woody $24,150

    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

    Spectacular Maine Auction
    A Success at Over $500k!

    April 20, 2002


    A sampling of some of the fine items sold at our recent spring auction include a lifesize garden statue of a pointer by the Janes-Kirtland Co. sold for $26,450

    Item Sold
    Queen Anne Tea Table $5,750
    Windsor Desk on Frame $3,162
    Outstanding Folk Art Carved Indian Root Club $1,667
    George Boyd Plover Decoy $12,075
    Elmer Crowell Goose Decoy $2,990
    Watercolor of Pointer by Edmund H. Osthaus $9,487

    Important Spring Lamp & Glass Auction
    A Tremendous Success at $750k!

    May 4, 2002


    The highly anticipated spring Lamp & Glass auction was no disappointment! With a full gallery and bank of phones busy all day. Eager bidders excitedly competed for the diverse selection of quality art glass and lamps resulting in extremely strong prices. Happy buyers and sellers were to be found throughout the sale.

    Item Sold
    Tiffany Poinsettia lamp Sold $46,000
    Monumental Daum Vase w/applied Berries Sold $17,250
    Daum Winter Scene Lamp Sold $12,075
    Tiffany Exhibition Agate vase Sold $11,730
    Monumental Tiffany vase Sold $9,775
    Royal Flemish ewer Sold $9,200
    Rare Daum Bee vase Sold $8,625
    Faberge diamond & enamel buckle Sold $7,475
    Wedgewood Fairyland Lustre vase Sold $6,325
    Steuben Plum Jade cut back bowl Sold $5,175

    Important Firearms Auction
    Totals Over $1.4 Million!

    March 11 & 12, 2002



    An outstanding silver commemorative beaker, once belonging to Baron von Richthofen a.k.a. the “Red Baron”, was probably the most famous fighter pilot ever in the history of aviation. The beaker obviously commissioned at the time of his winning the Pour le Merite.
    Sold: $28,750!


    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.