14 Press Releases

Tag: Harry Houdini

  • Auction Preview

    Forthcoming Auction Has Harry Houdini’s Magic Scrapbook, Other Memorabilia

    In January of 1908, Harry Houdini performed his debut magic act at the Columbia Theater. In the performance, he stepped inside of a gigantic milk can with his hands cuffed in front of him. After two long minutes, Houdini appeared from behind a cabinet, which marked his first successful performance.…

    HOUDINI, Harry (Ehrich Weisz). Important Spiritualism and Magic Scrapbook
  • Auction Preview

    Harry Houdini’s Magic Props Star in Upcoming Potter & Potter Auctions Event

    Erich Weiss, known as Harry Houdini, was a multi-talented artist famous for escape arts and illusion performances. The upcoming Potter & Potter Auctions event presents multiple pieces of illusion equipment from Harry Houdini’s career. One highlight is a rare 1901 bound Houdini Bible red-letter edition from the World Syndicate Company. Houdini used these…

    HOUDINI, Harry (Ehrich Weisz). The Houdini Bible, Inscribed...
  • Auction Preview

    Potter & Potter to Offer Magic Collection of Ken Klosterman

    Items from Ken Klosterman’s magic collection will be available in Potter & Potter Auctions’ upcoming Salon de Magie auction. The former CEO of Klosterman Baking was a professional magician known for his magic collection. A Light and Heavy Chest belonging to Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the founder of modern magic, is…

    Robert-Houdin, Jean Eugène. The Light and Heavy Chest of Ro
  • Auction Preview

    The Ricky Jay Collection of Magic Posters, Books, and More at Sotheby’s

    Though many Americans know him as an actor in such films as The Prestige, Boogie Nights, House of Games, and Magnolia, Ricky Jay was first and foremost a stage magician. In a New Yorker profile, Mark Singer called him “perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive.” Beyond performing,…

    Alt, Al The inspiration for Ricky Jay Plays Poker
  • Auction Preview

    Magic Apparatus, Books, Collectibles Available With Potter & Potter Auctions

    On November 14th, 1917, Harry Houdini wrote a letter to the curator of the Boston Public Library describing a tribute he and fellow magicians paid to Harry Kellar: “The affair was without a doubt the grandest event that ever happened in the world of mystery, and when we carried Kellar…

    HOUDINI, Harry (Ehrich Weisz). Important Houdini TLS to Edw...
  • Auction Preview

    Skinner Offers Rare Books and One-of-a-Kind Documents

    The Bulaq printing of Kitab Alf Layla wa-Layla was the first Arabic edition of Thousand and One Nights and served as the basis for almost all of its many translations and versions. The Bulaq was made between 1834 and 1835. A copy from this printing leads the upcoming Historic Manuscripts…

    Rare Bulaq Printing of Kitab Alf Layla wa-Layla (Thousand and One Nights)
  • Auction Result

    A Look Back at "Auction Kings,” Paul Brown and Gallery 63's Reality TV Show

    Photo from Discovery. For four full seasons, Discovery’s Auction Kings (2010 - 2013) offered many viewers their first look into the auction industry. The show followed the Atlanta-based auction house Gallery 63 including star Paul Brown, as they discovered, evaluated, and auctioned off lots across all categories. Pieces ranged from…

    A Look Back at Auction Kings Paul Brown and Gallery 63s Reality TV Show1
  • Auction Result, Press Release

    The Invisible Man, Horror of Dracula Help Scare Up $2.3 Million During Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Event

    Several records set as little-seen cinematic and World War II offerings come to market for the first time The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet (27" X41") Style A Teaser, Gene Schwalm Artwork. DALLAS, Texas (July 28, 2020) – The Invisible Man made his presence known during Heritage…

    The Invisible Man Horror of Dracula Help Scare Up $2.3 Million During Heritage Auctions Movie Posters Event
  • Auction Industry

    Final Part of Jim Rawlins’ Magic Collection Comes to Auction with Potter & Potter

    Chuck Vance’s giant card wheel from the Rawlins collection. Image from Potter & Potter Auctions. For 25 years, Jim Rawlins built his collection of magic memorabilia one item at a time. He eventually acquired over 7,000 pieces of magic posters, ephemera, costumes, tokens, and more. “People always say you’re just…

  • Auction Industry

    Movie Posters Never Seen or Sold, from Frankenstein to Sunrise, Star in Heritage Auctions’ July 25-26 Event

    Summer sale also features some of collecting’s most coveted offerings DALLAS, Texas (July 2, 2020) – Twenty years and almost 400,000 movie posters later, Heritage Auctions’ Grey Smith thought he’d seen – and sold – them all. Then it came time to compile the almost 700 lots for the July 25-26…

    Movie Posters Never Seen or Sold, from Frankenstein to Sunrise, Star in Heritage Auctions’ July 25-26 Event-3
  • Auction Preview

    The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins • III

    This third part of Jim Rawlins’ magic collection will be presented by Potter & Potter Auctions. Nearly 500 lots of vintage memorabilia are offered, including several works relating to Harry Houdini. Featured is a life-size bust of Houdini that was housed in Niagara Falls’ Houdini Museum of Magic. It is…

    The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins • III
  • Auction Preview

    Winter Magic Auction

    The Winter Magic Auction, offered by Potter & Potter Auctions, is anchored by antique magic and allied arts books from the collection of Giovanni Pasqua (stage name “Roxy”). One available book is Le Livre Magique (1863), which is an example of a magician’s “blow book.” The contents of the book…

    Bosco, B. Il Nouvo Bosco, ossia il Diavolo color di Rosa.
  • Auction Preview

    The Magic Collection of Rudiger Deutsch

    From spirit drums to ball transposition columns, The Magic Collection of Rudiger Deutsch auction offered by provides a variety of instruments used for some magical routines. And there are 491 items including books, photographs, prints, and drawings, autographs, coins and more to explore from the collection of Rudiger Deutsch. Harlequin…

    Card Duck/Auctiondaily
  • Auction Preview

    Fine Books and Manuscripts

    In this auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts, Swann Auction Galleries offers a dizzying number of high-value books, manuscripts, and signatures by and about well-known figures. Just a fraction of the famous names appearing here should be enough to pique the interest of any collector: Aaron Burr, Robert E. Lee,…

    PHILLIPS, TOM. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Inferno/Auctiondaily