From J.N. Maskelyne's toolbox to rare Houdiniana (posters, handcuffs, autographs), David Devant's passport to a magic trick that helped predict the outbreak of WWII, Robert Harbin's sketch for the Zig-Zag Girl and Al Delage's Sub Trunk, our December sale of magicana is a closely-curated offering of real rarities. A select number of lots, many from the careers of real "heroes of magic," will cross the block on auction day, most of them for the first time.
Golden Age and Pre-Code Horror: The Comic Book Collection of Stephen J. Farber
We are pleased to ring in the New Year with the sale of this important comic book collection featuring many early issues, chief among them Captain America #1 and Adventures of Spider-Man #1. Many pedigreed comics will cross the block including issues from the White Mountain collection and several Gaines File Copies. Several of the comics in the auction have obtained the highest grades CGC has ever given out for that title.
Printed Books & Manuscripts (Online Only)
We begin the new year with a large offering of material spanning several categories, including Americana, modern firsts, bibliographies, hunting & fishing, travel, and more.
Online Winter Magic
This auction will feature contemporary collectible magic props as well as antique apparatus. A strong selection from modern makers will cross the block, including effects from the workshops of Michael Baker, Mikame Craft, Abbott's, Nielsen, and many more. Complementing the apparatus will be a host of posters, books -- including deluxe, signed editions and modern collectible volumes - as well as a selection of vintage apparatus, autographs, and photographs. This is an online-only auction and no printed catalog will be issued.
A Study in Sherlock, Part II: Including the Collections of Robert Hess and Roy Pilot
We are pleased to announce the second session of Robert Hess's Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle collection. High spots will include the only known copy of the first English edition of The Lost World in original dust jacket and Sidney Paget's personal robe. The second half of the sale will include Roy Pilot's library, which is highlighted with perhaps the only autograph manuscript remaining in private hands of a major Doyle work, "Uncle Bernac" (over 120 pages).
Ephemera, Americana & Historical Memorabilia
We are pleased to announce our March 2024 Ephemera auction, featuring the collection of Mark Rucker. Photographs, trade cards, souvenir advertising fans, baseball memorabilia, and a kaleidoscopic range of printed paper ephemera of all kinds will cross the auction block.