Julien’s Auctions is an auction house based in Beverley Hills, California that specialises in the sale of entertainment memorabilia and high profile estate auctions.
Founding and ownership
Julien’s Auctions was founded by Darren Julien who is a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering. Darren Julien remains the president and CEO of the company to date.
Darren is a third generation entrepreneur and has been involved in auctions for all of his adult life.
Darren has secured placement with such television shows as The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.
Julien’s Auctions’ executive director and chief financial officer is Martin J. Nolan who spent over 14 years working in investment banking on Wall Street. Nolan is also a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering.
Nolan has held high level investment positions with Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Chase.
Nolan works on developing high quality corporate sponsorships. Nolan also works to develop new clients in many countries which are experiencing major growth including India, China and Japan.
According to Julien's Auctions' website, Nolan's greatest passion is for creating opportunities for charitable organisations to raise funds. He does this by organising high profile celebrity charity auctions which raise awareness, as well as funds.
The company’s administrator is Michael Doyle who has a degree in both art history and communication studies, as well as being a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering. Doyle’s key responsibilities are administering and managing auctions, including consignments, photography, cataloguing, online bidding, new media and event logistics.
Services and expertise
Julien’s Auctions hold many themed auctions such as their Star Trek auction in June 2010, their Johnny Cash auction in December 2010 and Michael Jackson auction in April 2009.
Julien’s Auctions also state on their website that they are pleased to provide their auctioneers for charity events.
In the past, Julien’s Auctions worked alongside other auction houses including Christie’s and Sotheby’s. In 2004, Julien’s Auctions and Christie’s team up to hold a sale of entertainment memorabilia which raised over $2.1 million.
In 2006, Julien’s Auctions and Sotheby’s conducted an auction featuring items related to the life and career of Cher which raised over $3.5 million. They have also held several auctions in conjunction with Gibson Guitar.
Julien's Auctions have many sales dedicated to particular television shows, films or celebrities. Past sale titles include: Johnny Cash Auction, Legends Auction, The Collection of Barbara Streisand, Property from the Estate of the Legendary Bob Hope and The Osbourne Collection.
A Gibson SG guitar owned by George Harrison - $570,000
A guitar used by Jimi Hendrix - $480,000
A Gibson Les Paul guitar owned by U2’s The Edge - $288,000
Elvis Presley's Country Gentleman Gretsch Guitar- $180,000
Kurt Cobain's Stage Worn Jacket - $87,000
Michael Jackson's handwritten lyrics for Beat It - $60,000
Michael Jackson’s rhinestone glove worn the first time Jackson performed the moonwalk - $212,000
Marilyn Monroe's chest x-ray - $10,000
Bob Dylan's concert used guitar - $192,000
Nirvana's MTV award - $40,800
John Lennon's white suit from Abbey Road - $117,600