Negative news about the economy dominates the media today, but this is also a time of great opportunity in this country. Opportunities for great buys on real estate, business, undervalued stocks and bargains on some collectibles are just some of the great opportunities. For those with cash, now is the best time in over 10 years to find a bargain. "Cash is King", so it makes great sense to consider consigning to our upcoming auctions. But there is also another reason to consider...........
1. 0% commission. That's right, only 0% commission on expensive items. Also very competitive rates on less expensive items. Julia's has always tendered some of the best terms in the industry and is, in part, just one of the many reasons why we are one of the leading auction houses in North America.
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3.Finder's fees. We pay significant fees for leads on large and important collections (recently one agent received a check for $165,000 for his lead on a single collection). As Abraham Lincoln is credited with once saying, "...knowledge is your stock in trade". If you know about a collection that could possibly be coming to market, call us immediately. How could you ever make a significant amount of money in an easier way?
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5.The finest marketing and promotion plan in the business. Our promotion and marketing efforts are the most aggressive in the business. Our catalogs are the finest within the industry. We work for you and we do everything we can to maximize your return.
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7.Financial security. James D. Julia's is solid as a rock: in the business for 40 years with our last 5 being the most successful in our history. Banking references available from our banker of many, many years.
8.The strongest rate of return! For a matter of years now, our firm has consistently conducted the highest grossing firearms auctions in history. In addition, we have maintained the highest average sale value per lot on a consistent basis. The last couple of auctions have averaged around $10,000 per lot, per sale. Our Lamp & Glass, Toy, Doll & Advertising and Antiques & Fine Art Divisions are also leaders in their fields.
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World’s Leading Auctioneer of Quality Firearms
In recent years the James D. Julia Rare Firearms & Military Division has established itself as the foremost firearms auction company in the world. For 5 years we have consistently conducted some of the highest grossing firearms auctions in history. In addition, our average sale value per lot recently topped $15,000 per lot. (The industry average varies from $800-3,000 per lot.) In October of 2008, we sold a rare Colt Walker pistol for $920,000, the most expensive single firearm ever sold at auction. Our focus and our success tends to be on the more rare and valuable items, whether it be important Winchesters, rare Colts, high art shotguns, Civil War or Class III machine guns.
While other auction companies focus on trying to handle the largest number of guns or attempt to market literally anything that comes their way, we have maintained a focus, and as a result, have developed a formidable international clientele of affluent buyers for high-grade firearms and militaria. Our marketing and our expertise is unsurpassed. The collections handled in recent years reads like a "Who's Who" in the gun world.
The success of this division is in part due to our extraordinary team, without question the finest in the gun auction business today. Our department heads consist of Wes Dillon and Judy Labbe. Each of them has an extraordinary and diverse background in the firearms and auction world. Wes Dillon came to work for Julia’s in June 2007. He has an extensive background in rare firearms. Wes attended the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He is one of the founding members of the world-famous Cabela’s Gun Library and eventually became the managing head. His many years of management skills, his superb client relationship skills and his great professionalism and attention to detail have helped to create a superior customer approach in our Rare Firearms & Military Division.
Rounding out this team is Judy Labbe. Judy first began working at Julia’s in September 1997 as an administrative assistant, eventually taking on more responsibility and moving up within the company, eventually supporting the Firearms Division. At one point during the absence of a dept. head, she literally managed the dept. by herself, putting together a complete auction. Through the years, Judy has developed a good overall knowledge of firearms, but more importantly, an extraordinary knowledge about the auction process.
Because of her great level of experience and her warm personality, she’s extremely comfortable and professional to deal with in all matters associated with the auction process. One of the premier selling points of our Rare Firearms & Military Division is the extraordinary depth of expertise. Depending upon what we are handling, we utilize as many as 20 different specialty consultants to catalog goods. These consultants are some of the foremost experts in their respective fields. Many of these consultants are renowned scholars, authors and/or dealers in the trade. Heading our consultant department is Mr. J.R. LaRue. J.R. LaRue has been a key and instrumental component to the success of this division. J.R. first started working with our company full time in 1996. Having worked with Julia’s on a temporary basis as a consultant for some years, J.R. eventually came to work full time with Julia’s, heading the firearms division. J.R. now serves as our head consultant to our Firearms Division. He is extensively involved in the assessment, acquisition and cataloging of a tremendous array of quality collections and firearms. His rapport, extraordinary sense of recall and immense depth of experience in the gun world has benefitted this division tremendously.
Members of Julia’s staff travel literally anywhere in North America and occasionally through Europe acquiring consignments. If you have one item of quality or an entire collection, you will find dealing with our Firearms & Military Division to be easy, convenient, straightforward and extremely profitable . Call today for a discussion of your auction needs at (207) 453-7125.
At James D. Julia Auctioneers, our goal is simple: To consistently present the finest groupings of quality arms and militaria.
We believe that a consistent strong auction with high quality items will attract the attention and participation of some of the most advanced and affluent collectors in the world. By creating an offering rich in quality, rarity and importance, it makes the overall presentation most appealing to these most advanced buyers.
We also understand that most collections include a variety of items not just the cream, and subsequently my auction company, together with my sister’s auction company (50 yards away) handle literally every level of antique and military item from the least expensive to the most expensive. The Poulin Auction Company sale, which precedes ours, always includes an outstanding offering of middle market items, that always appeals to a specific niche of the market. Our auction, which takes place immediately after their sale, always includes an offering rich in quality, rarity and importance. The combination of our two auction companies at each auction event, for the last couple of years, have been consistently the most significant firearms auction event in the world. Generally, the results from both of our sales per event, have ranged between 13 and 15 million dollars plus.
The collaboration of the two companies has resulted in the ideal venue for good middle market merchandise, as well as a venue for the very finest items all at the same time, giving each of these items their best presentation and best opportunity for marketability. Currently, there is no other firearms auction event like this in the world, and it continues to be an ideal source for sellers as well as buyers.
For the last 5 years, James D. Julia Auctioneers, has consistently produced the highest grossing firearms auction held anywhere in the world. In March 2008, our 12.7 million gross for a single auction was the largest gun auction ever in history anywhere in the world. Our focus is on quality not quantity. Our average sale value per lot, is the highest in the industry, in fact our March 2009 auction’s average sale value per lot at $15,000, is approximately 6-8 times the industry average.
To date we have sold over $130 million worth of firearms and militaria. Our goal is not to sell the most guns, but to create comfortable offerings, which will appeal to our advanced client base. Most of our auctions consist of fewer than 1,500 and sometimes less than 1,000 select lots, unlike the industry average of 2,500 to 3,500 lots.
Our March 2009 auction was a tremendous success. Total low estimate of lots sold was $8,794,175; the final gross of the auction was $11,501,151, almost 3 million dollars above low estimate. 45 items realized over $50,000 and 9 items brought over $200,000. 5 items realized over $400,000!
As stated above, the combination of two separate and distinct auction houses, Julia’s and Poulin’s, create the absolute finest means of marketing your collection. Whether it is good middle market items or top of the line and important items, why not consider the auction house currently recognized as the world’s premier auctioneer of quality firearms.
lot 2030.THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE SEARS & ROEBUCK “COW BOY” SPECIAL.
(est.$450,000 - $800,000) SOLD: $747,500
lot 2032.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE EARLIEST KNOWN ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION “THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION COLT”.
(est.$350,000 - $600,000) SOLD: $701,500
lot 2000.EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED NO.2 COLT PATERSON BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$275,000 - $500,000) SOLD: $517,500
lot 2001.EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED & INLAID COLT NO. 5 BELT MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$350,000 - $650,000) SOLD: $402,500
lot 2017.EXTRAORDINARY & LEGENDARY UNION/LIBERTY CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH EBONY GRIP ASSOCIATED WITH ULYSSES S. GRANT.
(est.$350,000 - $650,000) SOLD: $402,500
lot 2009.FABULOUS GEN. FRANKLIN PIERCE DOUBLE PRESENTATION CASED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$250,000 - $450,000) SOLD: $253,000
lot 2020.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED INVENTOR PRESENTATION COLT CHARTER OAK 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$135,000 - $235,000) SOLD: $253,000
lot 2010.INCREDIBLY UNIQUE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE FROM COL. COLT PRESENTATION CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$150,000 - $275,000) SOLD: $207,000
lot 2012.EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ROSEWOOD CASED & DELUXE GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT PRESENTATION GRADE MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$90,000 - $160,000) SOLD: $184,000
lot 2015.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE BOOK CASED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$75,000 - $135,000) SOLD: $155,250
lot 2007.ELEGANT SILVER MOUNTED HALF STOCK PRESENTATION RIFLE MADE FOR UNION CIVIL WAR HERO MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON BY DANIEL SEARLES, BATON ROUGE, LA WITH DISPLAY CASE.
(est.$20,000 - $40,000) SOLD: $115,000
lot 2019.EXCEPTIONALLY RARE & IMPORTANT CASED PROTOTYPE COLT FLUTED CYLINDER MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$75,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $97,750
lot 2137.INCREDIBLE HENRY NETTLETON COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$90,000 - $110,000) SOLD: $97,750
lot 1213.*SPECTACULAR FABBRI OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN.
(est.$75,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $89,125
lot 2249.EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 1 OF 1,000 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
(est.$80,000 - $120,000) SOLD: $89,125
lot 2021.SPECTACULAR DELUXE ENGRAVED MASS ARMS WESSON & LEAVITT'S PATENT DRAGOON SIZED REVOLVER WITH EXPERIMENTAL OR PROTOTYPE SPRING-LOADED LOADING LEVER.
(est.$50,000 - $90,000) SOLD: $86,250
lot 2125.*EXTRAORDINARY "C" ENGRAVED 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$70,000 - $80,000) SOLD: $86,250
lot 2377.FABULOUS TIFFANY PRESENTATION SWORD PRESENTED BY THE FREED SLAVES OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO GEN. RUFUS SAXTON.
(est.$85,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $86,250
lot 2033.VERY EARLY CASED CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$75,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $80,500
lot 1238.*STUNNING JOHN RIGBY BEST RISING BITE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES.
(est.$70,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $79,350
lot 2013.EXTREMELY RARE CASED INVENTOR DOUBLE PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$60,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 2014.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & PROBABLY THE ONLY KNOWN CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$75,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 2016.WONDERFUL CASED MARTIALLY MARKED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$75,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 2018.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$65,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 2357G.*RARE SHILOH SHARPS HARTFORD MODEL RIFLE BUILT FOR TOM SELLECK FOR HIS MOTION PICTURE "QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER" WHICH HE DONATED TO THE NRA IN 2006.
(est.$55,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $69,000
lot 2031.RARE AND IMPORTANT NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$50,000 - $80,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 2244.RARE DELUXE CONRAD ULRICH ENGRAVED EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
(est.$70,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 2042.EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE CASING & ACCESSORIES FOR A COLT BABY PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$15,000 - $25,000) SOLD: $60,375
October 2008 Top Lots
lot 2252.RARE AND HISTORIC COLT WHITNEYVILLE-WALKER PISTOL “A COMPANY # 210” AND ORIGINAL FLASK ISSUED AT VERA CRUZ IN 1847 TO PRIVATE SAM WILSON (TEXAS RANGER), LATER OBTAINED BY BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN REESE KENLY OF MARYLAND AND BELIEVED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF A MARTIAL WALKER EXTANT.
(est.$500,000 - $1,000,000) SOLD: $920,000
lot 2272.EXCEPTIONAL & EXTRAORDINARY CASED FLUTED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH MATCHING SHOULDER STOCK.
(est.$350,000 - $450,000) SOLD: $454,250
lot 2283.EXCEEDINGLY RARE CASED PAIR OF PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS.
(est.$180,000 - $225,000) SOLD: $230,000
lot 1374.*INCREDIBLE EXTREMELY RARE MATCHED PAIR OF FABBRI BEST QUALITY SIDE-BY-SIDE PIGEON GUNS.
(est.$160,000 - $200,000) SOLD: $184,000
lot 2147.RARE EARLIEST KNOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
(est.$140,000 - $170,000) SOLD: $149,500
lot 2430.MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORIC CIVIL WAR CASED AND INSCRIBED TIFFANY & COMPANY PRESENTATION SWORD COMPLETE WITH ACCESSORIES, SASH, SPURS, REGIMENTAL AND RANK INSIGNIA OF BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGE FREDERICK GRANGER, 9TH MAINE INFANTRY.
(est.$125,000 - $150,000) SOLD: $143,750
lot 1312.*SUPERB AND UNUSUAL 20 BORE JAMES WOODWARD BEST QUALITY OVER AND UNDER WITH 2 SETS OF BARRELS AND ORIGINAL CASE.
(est.$125,000 - $150,000) SOLD: $138,000
lot 2253.VERY RARE CASED COLT NO. 2 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$125,000 - $200,000) SOLD: $138,000
lot 2285.EXTRAORDINARY CASED GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$90,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $138,000
lot 2486.LARGEST MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF GENUINE CHARLESTON SLAVE HIRE BADGES EVER OFFERED.
(est.$120,000 - $160,000) SOLD: $126,500
lot 1375.*MAGNIFICENT CREATIVE ART ENGRAVED FABBRI OVER/UNDER PINLESS SIDELOCK.
(est.$100,000 - $125,000) SOLD: $97,750
lot 2290.EXTRAORDINARY COLT LATE 3RD MODEL NAVY ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$55,000 - $65,000) SOLD: $97,750
lot 2429.MAGNIFICENT HIGH GRADE TIFFANY & CO. PRESENTATION SWORD, SCABBARD, EPAULETS AND CASE INSCRIBED TO U.S. CAVALRY OFFICER BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL (LATER MAJOR GENERAL) JAMES W. FORSYTH OF OHIO WHO PARTICIPATED IN MAJOR CAMPAIGNS DURING THE CIVIL AND INDIAN WARS INCLUDING COMMANDING TROOPS AT WOUNDED KNEE UNDER COMMANDER OF THE FAMED 7TH US CAVALRY.
(est.$125,000 - $150,000) SOLD: $92,000
lot 1225.INCREDIBLY ELABORATE & RARE MILLER & VAL. GREISS UNDERLEVER SINGLE SHOT BIG BORE RIFLE.
(est.$35,000 - $75,000) SOLD: $86,250
lot 2137.EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL VERY EARLY PROTOTYPE OR PRE-PRODUCTION HENRY RIFLE.
(est.$50,000 - $70,000) SOLD: $69,000
lot 2143.EXTRAORDINARY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
(est.$50,000 - $75,000) SOLD: $69,000
lot 1313.*20 GA. JAMES PURDEY BEST SIDE LOCK EJECTOR SHOT GUN WITH TWO SETS OF BARRELS AND ORIGINAL CASE.
(est.$50,000 - $60,000) SOLD: $66,125
lot 1293.MASSIVE JOHN DICKSON & SON PERCUSSION 8 BORE DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE.
(est.$25,000 - $35,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1377.*IVO FABBRI MAJESTIC O/U SIDE LOCK PIGEON GUN WITH CASE.
(est.$50,000 - $70,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1378.*RARE AND SPECTACULAR LUCIANO BOSIS "QUEEN" S/S SHOTGUN W/CASE.
(est.$65,000 - $85,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 2270.EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED EARLY COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$20,000 - $30,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1376.*FABULOUS FABBRI MAJESTIC GRADE COMPETITION AND GAME GUN W/CASE.
(est.$50,000 - $70,000) SOLD: $57,500
lot 1385.*UNBELIEVABLE BERTUZZI SIDELOCK OVER/UNDER ENGRAVED BY DOSSA W/CASE.
(est.$45,000 - $60,000) SOLD: $57,500
lot 2132.*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SET OF RIFLES THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS TRICK SHOOTING COUPLE, H.B. & SARAH WILLIAMS.
(est.$60,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $57,500
lot 2286.FINE MARTIALLY MARKED CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$10,000 - $15,000) SOLD: $57,500
lot 1566.EXCEPTIONAL MATCHED PAIR OF KUNZ(KUNTZ) KENTUCKY PISTOLS.
(est.$50,000 - $100,000) SOLD: $80,500
lot 40.**JOHNSON MODEL 1944 LIGHT MACHINE GUN.
(est.$10,000 - $15,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 573.*EXTRAORDINARY FACTORY CUSTOM WINSTON CHURCHILL ENGRAVED JERRY FISHER STOCKED WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN 2-BARREL SET.
(est.$30,000 - $50,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 1172.*SPECTACULAR ENGRAVED SILVER & GOLD COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$100,000 - $150,000) SOLD: $74,750
lot 577B.EXTREMELY RARE ROYALTY GRADE THOMAS BLAND & SONS CASED DBL RIFLE.
(est.$40,000 - $60,000) SOLD: $69,000
lot 1263.VERY RARE SAMUEL COLT PRESENTATION CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
(est.$30,000 - $45,000) SOLD: $69,000
lot 1065.RARE AND BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED WINCHESTER 1873 "ONE OF ONE THOUSAND."
(est.$40,000 - $70,000) SOLD: $66,125
lot 1349.HISTORIC MEXICAN WAR PERIOD STATE OF NEW JERSEY CASED PRESENTATION SWORD WITH BATTLE HONORS AND PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSIONS TO A HERO OF MONTEREY AND, LATER, A BRAVE UNION OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION LT. (LATER MAJOR) NATHAN BEAKES ROSSELL 5TH REG US INF.
(est.$30,000 - $45,000) SOLD: $66,125
lot 240.ULTRA RARE US MODEL 1918 - MARK 1 PEDERSEN DEVICE.
(est.$20,000 - $30,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1090.*RARE FACTORY GOLD AND NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
(est.$40,000 - $70,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1176.FINE CUNO HELFRECHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
(est.$12,500 - $25,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 1507.EXCEEDINGLY RARE PETER WHITE RELIEF CARVED KENTUCKY RIFLE.
(est.$50,000 - $75,000) SOLD: $63,250
lot 17.**RUSSIAN DEGTYAROV MODEL DP-38 LIGHT MACHINE GUN.
(est.$28,000 - $35,000) SOLD: $57,500
Past Auction: 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 just under $13 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.
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 just under $13 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.
Julia’s Extraordinary Firearms Auction
Reaches $16.5 Million Sales Level!
Auction: October 1st & 2nd, 2012
Preview: Sept. 28th-30th, 2012
Julia Auction Facility
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.
HISTORIC FIREARMS AUCTION - A BLOWOUT AT
APPROXIMATELY $18 MILLION IN SALES!
Auction: March 12th & 13th, 2012
Preview: March 9th - 11th, 2012
Julia Auction Facility
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.
Outstanding Fall 2011 Firearms Auction
Auction Totals Over $9 Million
Auction: October 4th & 5th, 2011
Preview: October 1-3, 2011
Julia Auction Facility
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!
Important Firearms Auction March 2011
SOLD! ROBUST SALE EQUALS $10 Million
Auction: March 14 & 15, 2011
Preview: March 11 - 13, 2011
Julia Auction Facility
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.
Outstanding October Firearms Auction
Totals Over $10 Million In Sales!!!
Auction: October 5 & 6, 2010: 10am
Preview: October 2-4, 2010: 10am-5pm Preview: October 5 & 6: 8am-10am
Julia Auction Facility
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.
Extraordinary March Firearms Auction
Realized Nearly $8.5 Million!
Auction: March 15 & 16, 2010
Preview: March 12 - 14, 2010
Julia Auction Facility
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.
October 2009 Firearms Auction Extraordinaire
Totals Nearly $11 Million!!!
Auction: October 6 & 7, 2009
Preview: October 2-5, 2009
Julia Auction Facility
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!
Superb March 2009 Firearms Auction
Sold $11.5 Million !!!
Auction: March 16 & 17, 2009
Preview: March 13-15, 2009
Julia Auction Facility
Another extraordinary auction in extraordinary times. The gross sales result of $11.5 Million Dollars was obtained on $8.7 Million Dollars worth of low estimate or $2.8 Million Dollars 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!
Outstanding Fall Firearms Auction
Totals Nearly $12 Million! Extraordinary Results In Extraordinary Times!
Auction: October 6 & 7, 2008
Preview: October 3-5, 2008
Julia Auction Facility
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, www.jamesdjulia.com
Spring Firearms Auction 2008
A Record Breaking Success: $12.7 MILLION!
Auction: March 10 & 11, 2008
Preview: March 7-9, 2008
Julia Auction Facility
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 $4million 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!!!!!
Spectacular Fall 2007 Firearms Auction
An Extraordinary Success Grossing $11.235 MILLION!
Auction: October 8-10, 2007
Preview: October 5-7, 2007
Julia Auction Facility
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
Spring 2007 Firearm Auction
Another Outstanding Success at $7,483,735!
Auction: March 12 & 13, 2007
Preview: March 9-11, 2007
Julia Auction Facility
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 Firearm Auction
A Fabulous Success at $8.3 Million PLUS!
Auction: October 9th-11th, 2006
Preview: October 8, 2006
Julia Auction Facility
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!
Rare & Exceptionally Fine Colt Walker Percussion Revolver (NEW WORLD RECORD!)
Extremely Rare Cased Colt No. 5 Belt Model Texas Paterson Revolver With Ehler's Hammer
Exquisite One Of A Kind Elaborately Engraved Smith & Wesson #3 Second Model American Revolver
Smith & Wesson Engraved & Gold Inlaid No. 3 Second Model American Revolver
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
Spectacular & Rare John M Olin Presentation Winchester Model 21 Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2 Bbl Set
Extremely Rare John M. Olin Presentation Winchester Model 21 Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2 Bbl Set
Extremely Rare Cased Parker Small Bore A1 Special Grade Dbl Bbl Shotgun 2-Bbl Set
US Springfield 03/Mark 1 Rifle With Pederson Device
1903 Springfield Armory Rod Bayonet
Fine Volcanic #2 Navy Repeating Pistol
Spectacular Fall Firearms Auction
Largest Grossing Firearms Auction Ever Held in the World!
Auction: October 3rd-6th, 2005
Preview: October 1 & 2, 2005
Julia Auction Facility
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!!
Auction: October 4th-7th, 2004
Preview: October 3, 2004
Julia Auction Facility
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!
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!
Outstanding Fall Firearms Auction
A Fabulous Success at approx. $3.4 Million!
Auction: October 6th-8th, 2003
Preview: October 5, 2003
Frank Jones Center Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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!
Important Firearms Auction
A Success Grossing Over $2 Million!
Auction: March 10 & 11, 2003
Preview: March 9, 2003
Yoken's Convention Center Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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!
Important Firearms Auction
Sale Totals Over $1.4 Million!
Auction: March 11 & 12, 2002
Preview: March 11 & 12, 2002
Yokens Convention Center Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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!