QUALITY, RARITY, AND DIVERSITY ARE KEY FACTORS IN UPCOMING JULIA AUCTION Julia�s toy, doll, and advertising division is pleased to offer another outstanding array of goods gathered from across North America and around the world. Brimming with merchandise for both th
News-Antique.com - Jun 21,2007 - Fairfield, Maine. June 22 & 23, 2007 - Having weathered another Maine winter, people are ready to welcome summer and begin another summer auction season. Auctions held by the firm of James D. Julia are always highly anticipated events, showcasing a class of merchandise one wouldn�t immediately associate with a rural Maine community. However, for nearly 40 years, Julia�s has done just that. While maintaining a personable down home atmosphere and style, the firm regularly handles multimillion dollar estates and collections with the tremendous success one frequently associates with a major metropolitan setting. In fact within the past two years, they have conducted five auctions which gross exceeded $7 Million, and two of these actually exceeded $9 Million! �Quality, rarity, and diversity� is more or less a mantra of all four of their specialty divisions. This time around, Julia�s toy, doll, and advertising division is pleased to offer another outstanding array of goods gathered from across North America and around the world. Brimming with merchandise for both the beginning and advanced collector, the auction contains a plethora of antique American and European tin, cast iron, and pressed steel toys as well as rare and desirable dolls, trains, scarcely seen advertising, and other sundry goods. At this writing, with collections being finalized and more quality goods coming in daily, the sale is showing signs of being another blockbuster.
Forever beloved, a grand selection of European toys will be offered including Marklin, one of the most sought after makers in the industry. A brilliant 45� total length Marklin brougham carriage, the largest version the company produced, features an elegant double doored tin carriage with glass windows and cowl lamps being pulled by a dappled hollow bodied tin horse. Its commanding presence and marvelous condition is accompanied by a $16,000/20,000 estimate.
Receiving much attention recently from passers by at the renowned Atlantique City show in New Jersey where Julia�s previewed a selection of items to be offered in this auction was a seldom seen Steiff Felix comic character toy. The famous cat sits atop an Irish Mail cart with wooden wheels and bellows mechanism underneath, jostling his arms and legs as the toy rolls across the floor. In exceptional condition, and even retaining the Steiff button in his felt ear, it races to the block with a $3,000/4,000 estimate. Other European delights include an extremely rare Lehmann Titania tin windup car. In luminous red, it is believed that an example of this rare vehicle has not been seen at public auction for more than two decades. In excellent original condition, it comes to the block with a $3,000/4,000 presale estimate. From two separate collections, two phenomenal and large open air limousine toys by Jep are sure to excite collectors. From a New England estate, an all-original Jep Hispana Suiza in yellow with its original jointed composition chauffeur and passenger is expected to bring $3,500/4,500. From a prosperous Pennsylvanian collector, a professionally restored Jep Rolls Royce with a rare custom sterling silver hood ornament