Areas of Expertise
We're a Chicago auction house specializing in the sale of collectibles and antiques of all kinds. We specialize in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys, and magicana - antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians.
Recognized as the leading source for magicana - collectibles related to the art of magic - in the world today, Potter & Potter regularly auctions magic posters, books, Houdini memorabilia, and vintage magic props. Recent sales include the world record price for a magic-poster, a Houdini "Water Torture Cell" three-sheet for $114,000.00.
Coin-Op & Gambling
Slot machines, trade-stiumlators, vintage vending machines, playing cards, poker chips and virtually anything else related to games of chance are specialties of the house. Previous sales have included record-setting prices for rare books on poker and cheating, cased sets of ivory poker chips, and unusual handmade playing cards.
Circus & Wild West
From Buffalo Bill to Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, Potter & Potter regularly offers material related to some of the "greatest shows on earth." Previous sales have featured giant sideshow banners, early advertisements, circus wagons, carousel horses, carnival games, and one-of-a-kind sideshow photos and memorabilia.
Posters & Prints
From travel and circus to exhibition posters, fine prints and more, Potter & Potter specializes in bringing scarce and desirable works of art on paper to the market. Vintage travel, advertising, and exhibition posters from the belle epoque to the modern era and beyond are regular features of our auctions.
Prints, Multiples & Fine Art
Past auctions have included signed lithographs by Joan Miro and Keith Haring, a scarce Sean Scully signed portfolio from the Limited Editions Club, and an acrylic sculpture by the contemporary artist, Victor Vasarely.
Fine Books & Manuscripts
From fine bindings to major works of literature, we specialize in a comprehensive selection of categories that also includes maps and atlases, travel and exploration, natural history and science, important printed and manuscript Americana, fine press and printing, livres d’artiste, modern first editions, early printed books and illuminated leaves, and a miscellany of historic objects. Recent sales include historic prices for Ian Fleming's James Bond series which was highlighted with a first issue of Casino Royale that sold for a premium of $22,800.
Movie & Music Memorabilia
Relics of the silver screen, including film props, posters and lobby cards, autographs, costumes and photographs, regularly cross the block at Potter & Potter. Vintage and collectible musical instruments, concert posters, and autographed memorabilia are also regularly featured in our sales. From silent-era posters to signed guitars, celebrity-owned memorabilia, and more, we regularly offer relics from the entertainment history.
Ephemera & Photography
Ephemera and photographs are a house specialty. Recent sales featued signed letters by J.D. Salinger, archives of Hugh Hefner's high school letters and artwork, Harper Lee and Albert Einstein correspondence, a Laura Gilpin signed photo of Maria Martinez, and a collection of Josephine Baker real-photo postcards.
Potter & Potter offers rarely-seen Americana at auction. Recent sales include exceptional almanacs, civil war diaries and broadsides, the first architecture book published in America, and a Peter Force engraving of the Declaration of Independence.