James D. Julia records $4.5 million summer sale, firm’s largest

Asian embroderies

Tipping in at nearly $4.5 million, James D. Julia Inc., is still celebrating the success of its latest summer auction. More than 3,000 lots changed hands over a four-day period. Highlights included a rare and fine pair of embroideries picturing 100 birds housed within highly elaborate carved and pierced rosewood frames. The pair sold for $86,250. Read More +

Fine art auction features horse head prop from ‘The Godfather’

Godfather horse head prop

More than 3,000 lots of fine art and antiques are expected to change hands at James D. Julia’s Aug. 21-24, 2012 auction, the largest in the firm’s history. Among the highlights are 30 folk art weathervanes, 725 paintings and 1,200 lots of Asian art and artifacts. A historical item of an entirely different nature is the actual taxidermy horse’s head used during the rehearsals and filming of the 1970s Oscar winner, “The Godfather”. Acquired from a former employee of Paramount Studios, it now comes with an estimate you can’t refuse of $10,000-20,000. Read More +

James D Julia adds Willis, Callahan to new Massachusetts office

James D. Julia has opened a satellite office at the historic 1790 House of Woburn, Mass. to better serve a growing roster of clients in the greater Massachusetts area and further west. The location will offer consignment and appraisal services and as a drop off point for sales conducted at Julia’s Maine headquarters. It is also the new workspace for two high-profile antiques auction experts: James Callahan and Martin Willis. Read More +