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A sterling reputation and exceptionally strong sales history, plus first-class marketing and promotion makes Potter & Potter the best choice for selling your antiques at auction. View a showcasing of our results below.

  • Houdini's Double Fold Death Defying Water Mystery
    Sold for $66,000.00
    Houdini’s Double Fold Death Defying Water Mystery. American, ca. 1909. Houdini and his brother Hardeen escaped from this locked box, and the locked and liquid-filled milk can inside it.
  • Jay Marshall's "Lefty" Puppet
    Sold for $6,000.00
    Glove puppet rabbit crafted from two white dress gloves by Jay Marshall himself.
  • Matthew Buchinger Engraving
    Sold for $3,360.00
    Engraved portrait of Matthew Buchinger, the "Little Man of Nuremburg." Large and handsome steel engraving of the celebrated performer who, despite having no hands or legs, was an accomplished artist, musician, engraver, and magician (noted for his cup and ball work). London, 1724.
  • Cased Ivory Poker Chips
    Sold for $8,400.00
    Set of 220 Ivory Poker Chips With Case. The name “Canfield, 38, House” engraved on a brass star on the inner rack.
  • Diana Layout
    Sold for $5,760.00
    Diana Layout. American, ca. 1890. Green felt layout surrounded by hand painted oil cloth playing cards on which to place bets, and hand painted oil cloth inserts at middle on which to also place bets. Diana was dealt from a double deck dealing box. Payoffs strongly favored the house, limiting its popularity and existence.
  • Selby Shells Poster
    Sold for $2,337.00
    Blatchly. Selby Shells Co./Shotgun Shells Poster. San Francisco: Thomas H. Selby & Co., 1909.
  • Apache Playing Cards
    Sold for $11,400.00
    Original Apache Playing Cards. Ca. 1880. 38 (of 40), VG (bowed as expected). Hand painted on leather with Spanish suit signs. Plain backs, rounded corners. Colors are predominantly red, yellow, blue and brown. 3 ½ x 2 ¼”.
  • F.R. Ritter. Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker.
    Sold for $19,200.00
    Ritter, F.R. Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker. N.p., 1905. Brown cloth stamped in gold. Illustrated with photographs. 4to. Light shelf wear at extremities and minor soiling and wear to cloth, but overall good condition. Scarce. One of fewer than 12 examples known.
  • Erdnase - First Edition
    Sold for $15,600.00
    World record price for a first edition of S.W. Erdnase's Expert at the Card Table, one of the most famous and sought-after books on gambling and sleight-of-hand.
  • Dracula Insert Poster
    Sold for $15,000.00
    The only-known example of this insert poster for the 1947 re-release of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi.
  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders
    Sold for $12,000.00
    Depicting one of the most popular and enduring features of Buffalo Bill’s show, the Virginia reel on horseback. In this portrayal, a gathering of men and women on horseback are shown on the open prairie, a section of them with brass instruments to accompany the couples’ dancing.
  • Double-Duty Chuck Wheel
    Sold for $840.00
    Bookmaker's Double-Duty Chuck Wheel. American, ca. 1940. With a dice motif. 24" in diameter.
  • Harry Anderson's "Grappler"
    Sold for $4,800.00
    "The Grappler" Holdout Machine owned and used by Harry Anderson on Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
  • Regina Music Box
    Sold for $10,800.00
    Regina 15 1/2" bow-front music box with twelve discs. Circa 1908. Coin-operated model. Two plays for five cents.
  • California Travel Poster
    Sold for $1,560.00
    Stan Galli's classic travel poster for Southern California - an iconic design.
  • The Discoverie of Witchcraft First Edition
    Sold for $45,600.00
    The first edition of this famous work by Reginald Scot, published in London in 1584.
  • French Blow Book
    Sold for $12,000.00
    [Blow Book] Ambigu Magique. French, ca. 1778. Marbled wrappers. Illustrated with hand-colored full page engraved plates.
  • Roulette-Style Carinval Game
    Sold for $1,440.00
    Roulette-Style Carnival Game. Circa 1900. Folk art look. 18” high. Attractive hand painted graphics.
  • Cardini's Stage-Worn Tuxedo
    Sold for $72,000.00
    Custom-tailored tuxedo worn by Cardini in hundreds if not thousands of performances of his legendary act. Accompanied by a black seal fur top hat, boutonniere, dress shirt, collar, bow tie, spats, pocket handkerchief, and vest, together composing perhaps the most iconic costume of the most imitated magic act of the twentieth century.
  • Archive of Movie Stills and Glamour Photos
    Sold for $22,800.00
    A 44-volume collection plus an additional unsorted carton, approximately 1,500 photographs (8 x 10”) in sum. This photographic archive documents Hollywood film stars, generally of the 1940s – 50s, with an emphasis on actresses.
  • The Great Raymond's Hand of Fate, Made by Okito
    Sold for $36,000.00
    A painted wooden spirit hand (11 x 6 x 2") with green felt cuff and lace accent, handcrafted by Okito for The Great Raymond for his stage show act "The Hand of Fate."
  • “The Trader” 5 Cent Cast Iron Cigar Trade Stimulator on Wood base.
    Sold for $16,800.00
    Mills Novelty Co. Chicago, ca. 1905.
  • Goodall & Son Hand Painted Transformation Pack. London, ca. 1910.
    Sold for $6,000.00
  • Collection of Vintage Doll Eyes.
    Sold for $330.00