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Experts predict three-day sale will earn $4M

A nearly 'larger than life' weathervane, in the shape of a fireman, may finish at more than $125,000 during James D. Julia's Fine Art, Asian & Antiques auction, Feb. 3-5.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — James D. Julia’s annual February Fine Art, Asian & Antiques sale is being held February 3-5, 2016. This $4 million sale is a signature event for the company and one of the


Rare full-bodied fireman weathervane ($125,000-$175,000). (All photos courtesy James D. Julia)

most highly anticipated auctions of the New Year. The sale offers fine, decorative and nautical art; antiques and Asian articles; historical items; and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Day one kicks off with more than 250 lots of outstanding paintings and sculptures. A museum quality selection of American and European works, bronzes and prints are on offer.

American highlights include Martin Johnson Heade’ deeply symbolic Roman Newsboys II (estimated at $200,000-$400,000); John Singer Sargent’s Donkeys in Desert, Morocco, 1880 ($150,000-$250,000); and a pair of Howard Terpning paintings including Spring Came Early ($125,000-$175,000) and Searching the Mountains ($100,000-$130,000). Both Terpning paintings are from the Norman Flayderman collection and are inscribed by the artist to Mr. Flayderman.

Auction day two features more than 650 lots of American and European antiques, furniture and accessories. The third and final day of Julia’s annual winter auction is dedicated to Asian Art. Remarkable Pan-Asian treasures include furniture, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, cloissone, jades and porcelain. The third day features more than 450 fine Asian items.

Julia’s is pleased to present a number of remarkable items from the collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt. Museum quality items on offer include an 800-piece collection of rare Asian photographs ($200,000-$400,000), a monumental and rare pair of cast iron Buddhist lions ($50,000-$75,000), a mottled jade carving of a carp ($15,000-$25,000) and a pair of massive screens with landscape designs ($20,000-$35,000).

More information on James D. Julia’s three-day Winter Fine Arts, Asian and Antiques auction, as well as the full catalog, can be found online at This auction is fully documented in two full-color, detailed, and illustrated print catalogs; they are available for $40 each or both for $75. In addition to pre-bids, telephone bids and in-person bids, James D. Julia accepts bids via Bill Gage, Tony Greist and Katya Tilton welcome questions and inquiries; they can be reached at or by calling 207-453-7125.