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 will include a wide range of collectibles, from books and periodicals, to posters and apparatus. The catalog is in active preparation and is expected to be available for download and will ship on or about April first (and that's no joke!).
While most of the material for this sale is already in-house, there is still time to consign - but not much! Contact us immediately to discuss consigment opportunities.
Curious about a past auction?
Our catalog archive is an excellent resource for research and information. Browse past auction catalogs for free, and review prices realized for each sale all in one place. Get a feel for the market before you buy or consign.
Printed back issues are available for selected sales, but quantities are limited.
Our next auction will include an eclectic mix of posters, photographs, and 20th century magic apparatus. Keep your eyes on this website for more information about the sale. Catalogs are expected to ship in early April. There is still time to consgin, so contact us today with inquiries.