Burton Sperber assembled what was, unquestionably, one of the finest libraries of books on conjuring and the allied arts in the world, including everything from the first major work in English to describe magic tricks, Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), to modern rarities. The auction of his collection featured Sperber's world class assemblages of magic-themed trade cards, wee books, tokens & mirrors, and more.
Our May auction will feature one of the finest offerings of playing cards and associated items offered at public auction in recent years. Included will be souvenir, advertising, transformation and hand-painted decks; secondary-use cards; rare books on gambling, cards, and cheating; advertising, folk art, and decorative objects with a card/gaming theme; and much more associated material.
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Our spring auction includes a wide range of collectibles, from books and periodicals, to posters and apparatus. Many of the lithographs are from the collection of the late John Salisse, MIMC. In addition, the auction features three outstanding items owned and used by the two most famous members of the Bamberg dynasty: Okito and Fu Manchu.
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Printed back issues are available for selected sales, but quantities are limited.
Our April auction includes an exciting mix of posters, costumes, photographs, and magic props. The catalog is now available; online bidding is well underway. Browse the catalog, place your bids, or register for live online bidding on auction day. Contact us to arrange phone and absentee bids.