Pennsylvania auction house merges with James D. Julia Auctioneers
By Christen Smith
James D. Julia is known as a world leader in auctioning rare antique firearms. Owner Jim Julia sold the company to Morphy Auctions Dec. 14 after learning of his wife’s terminal brain cancer. (Photo: James D. Julia Auctioneers/Facebook)
Two auction companies featuring collections of rare and antique firearms joined forces earlier this month.
Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions announced Dec. 14 the merger with James D. Julia Inc., paving the way for the Pennsylvania-based company to become “one of the largest antique auction houses in North America.”
“I have literally spent all my life watching and learning from Jim,” Morphy said in a press release. “With nearly 50 years in the industry, Jim has an undisputed reputation and I admire and will emulate his business approach towards his clients and employees. It is an honor and privilege to have this new association with someone I have considered to be a mentor and leader in the industry.”
Julia’s father founded the business in central Maine in the 1960s. After taking over in 1974, Julia spent the next five decades building and expanding to become an internationally renowned dealer in rare antique firearms, among other collectibles. He planned to manage the auction house well into his