Roosevelt shotgun sets new record at Julia’s Fall Classic

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FAIRFIELD, Maine – 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 President Roosevelt himself espoused that “no better gun was ever made,” made history and proved the prediction right by selling for $862,500, becoming the most expensive American shotgun ever sold at auction. All prices quoted include buyer’s premium.

James D. Julia, Inc. now owns the American shotgun record books by consistently topping itself (ahead of the second, third and fourth 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 that 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 nearly $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. A 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. A cased engraved 1860 Army & Sword achieved $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.

More details regarding James D. Julia auctions, and to inquire about availability of unsold lots, visit or call  207-453-7125. ?


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