FAIRFIELD, ME — JUNE 22, 2012. It’s been a whirlwind of events for auction firm James D. Julia, Inc. in the opening months of 2012. In March, they set yet another world auction record in their firearms division for conducting the highest grossing firearms auction ever held in history. The previous record (set by Julia’s in 2008) was $12.4 Million; this recent auction eclipsed that mammoth figure by several million dollars when the final tally hit a jaw-dropping $18 Million!
And a few weeks later, Julia’s opened their first satellite office in Woburn, Massachusetts to better service the Boston Metropolitan area and points west. Now, as summer in Vacationland approaches and auction season in Maine is in full swing, Julia’s is preparing for their upcoming auction double header featuring another marvelous array of quality goods. Combining the efforts of toy, doll and advertising division department head, Andrew Truman and their fine glass and lamp division head Dudley Browne, this multi-day event is sure to please auction goers of all levels and tastes.
The toy, doll and advertising auction will boast over $1 Million in rare and collectable objects handpicked from collections from across the United States. Despite the belief held by many collectors that the world has been picked over, and the market no longer offers fresh and exciting merchandise will be delighted by the upcoming selection.
The diverse array of antique toys is highlighted in part by an exceedingly rare and desirable Marklin electric powered ocean liner depicting the “Deutschland”. This massive, all-original example comes fresh to the market after having been purchased in 1961 at F.A.O. Schwartz in New York City. At that point in time F.A.O. Schwartz had an antique toy department headed by Sally Erath. It has spent the last half a century in a private southern gentleman’s collection. Spanning a breathtaking 46″ long, its highly detailed hull, decking, and rigging are what make this boat so appealing. It comes conservatively estimated for $50,000-75,000.