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  • 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.
  • Houdini King of Cards Lithograph
    Sold for $24,000.00
    Harry Houdini King of Cards. Chicago, National Printing and Engraving, ca. 1898.
  • X-Men. No. 1
    Sold for $3,400.00
  • Frank Lloyd Wright. Fallingwater Side Elevation Blueprint.
    Sold for $1,800.00
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence.
    Sold for $16,800.00
    Rice paper engraving from volume I of Peter Force's 1837-1853 series of books, "American Archives" Scarce, one of only a few hundred in existence and rarely appearing at auction.
  • 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, the trick was billed as "The Hand of Fate" and sometimes advertised on posters as the "mysterious hand."
  • Dan Rice’s Blind Horse lithograph
    Sold for $12,000.00
    This small poster depicts the trained and "educated" horse who was an integral part of Dan Rice's circus. Perhaps most significantly, it was the first lithograph Strobridge produced for the circus.
  • Faro Exposed; or The Gambler and his Prey.
    Sold for $25,000.00
  • “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
  • Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book.
    Sold for $3,200.00
    Zurich: Bruno Bischofberger, 1983. Original pictorial boards featuring 12 color illustrations. Signed Five Times by Warhol. First edition.
  • Four Japanese Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui
    Sold for $8,400.00
    Including Hamamachi Kagishi (Fisherman's Wharf, Tokyo), Isetatsu, 1939; Yoshino zaodo (Zaodo Temple at Yoshino), Watanabe, 1950; Autumn Scene at Shiobara, 1922; and Azuma Kyo (Azuma Chasm), Gintaro, 1943.
  • Mandarin Magician Automaton Clock.
    Sold for $33,600.00
    Paris: J.F. Houdin, ca. 1836. Magnificent ormolu decorated eight day chiming clock atop which rests an elaborately decorated and highly detailed Mandarin conjurer, dressed in an elaborate robe with detailed floral patterns, a jaunty hat with tasseled top, and two dangling earrings.
  • Clown Magician Automaton
    Sold for $9,600.00
    Paris: Leopold Lambert, ca. 1900. The conjuror waves his wand three times, raises the top hat in his extended hand, and a baby-like figure peeks out from inside.
  • Chicago Coin Machine Co. Automated Speaker Band Box
    Sold for $8,400.00
    Deposit a coin in the jukebox and the curtains will open to show the animated manikin musicians play a tune.
  • Harry Blackstone's Original Cartoon Album - The Rubaiyat of Omar Blackstone
    Sold for $35,000.00
    Featuring Art By 26 famous editorial cartoonists and comic strip artists, including Al Zaboly, Chic Young, Al Capp, Bob Dunn, and dozens more; each image drawn for Blackstone.
  • Edward Kelty - Congress of Freaks
    Sold for $6,000.00
    Congress of Freaks with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Sepia-tone gelatin print depicting the sideshow performers who toured with R.B.B.B.. Pictured here at Madison Square Garden are Clico the African Bushman, Jim Tarver the Texas Giant, Major Mite, and others.
  • Houdini Water Torture Cell Poster
    Sold for $114,000.00
    This rare three sheet poster depicting Harry Houdini performing his famous Water Torture Cell escape sold for a world record price - the highest price ever paid for a magic poster, and the second highest price for any magic-related object ever sold.
  • Ed. Fey One Cent Finger Striker Gambling Machine.
    Sold for $42,000.00
  • Anheuser—Busch Brew'g Ass'n Export Beers
    Sold for $12,000.00
  • Chinese Imperial Dragon Robe
    Sold for $21,600.00
  • S.W. Erdnase. The Expert at the Card Table. First Edition.
    Sold for $16,800.00

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