Our summer auction will feature choice memorabilia related to the most famous magician and escape artist the world has ever known: Harry Houdini. Among the featured items are:
-Lithographs, Broadsides and Challenges, featuring the iconic “King of Cards” poster used in Houdini’s earliest days as a circus performer.
-Photographs and Ephemera, among them Houdini family pictures, postcards, manuscripts, autographs and correspondence, including unpublished images and documents.
-A Recently-Discovered Houdini Scrapbook, as well as a Houdini family scrapbook, and other personal artifacts.
-Handcuffs, Magic Props, Locks, and Escape Devices, including unusual restraints used by Houdini and his brother, Hardeen.
-Associated Memorabilia, chief among them documents related to Hardeen, as well as others magicians and celebrities who crossed Houdini’s path; and additional rare magicana.
The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 23rd in our Chicago Gallery. Catalog ship approximately three weeks prior to the sale. Previews take place in the gallery in the days preceding the auction, from 10am - 5pm, CST.
Our fall auction will feature two important components.
The first is a selection of memorabilia related to the career of Channing Pollock. Little can be said of this great cabaret magician that has not been said before. He was, next to Cardini, perhaps the most imitated stage magician of the 20th century. Offered for the first time to the public will be unique personal artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia related to his storied career.
The second is the library -- including the extensive periodical collection -- of noted author, bibliographer, and historian James B. Alfredson. Alfredson, along with co-author George L. Daily, literally "wrote the book" on the history of conjuring periodicals. His entire collection, including countless bound files of desireable and uncommon magazines, will go on the block.
The balance of the auction will include choice apparatus, ephemera, and posters from a variety of sources.
The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 1st in our Chicago Gallery. Catalog ship approximately three weeks prior to the sale. Previews take place in the gallery in the days preceding the auction, from 10am - 5pm, CST.
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