James D. Julia


2015-06-26 11:06:02

James D. Julia

James D. Julia is one of the leading auction houses in the U.S.


James D. Julia was founded in the mid 1960s in Maine, USA by Arthur Julia. The business grew quickly and earned a good standing throughout the state.

Arthur’s son, Jim, bought the business in 1974. It continued to expand and had earned itself a national reputation by the end of the 1980s.

By the beginning of the new millennium, James D. Julia had established itself as a leader in its fields of expertise, a position it still holds today.


The company continues to be owned by Jim Julia.

Departments and expertise

James D. Julia has expertise in a wide range of areas, most notably:

• Antique firearms and militaria
• Glass and lamps
• Toys, dolls, antique advertising and coin-operated machines
• Fine art, antiques and estates

There is also a separate division, owned by partners Frank Schmidt and Gary Guyette, which deals in antique hunting decoys.

Absentee bidding

James D. Julia has been at the forefront of absentee bidding. Around 60 to 80 per cent of all items auctioned are sold to absentee bidders, whether they place their bids via the internet, telephone or through the mail.

Major sales

The auction house sold a 1847 Colt Whitneyville-Walker Pistol for $920,000 in 2008.

The sale broke the world record for the most expensive firearm sold at auction.

A sale of glass and lamps in the same year made slightly more than $3 million.

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