Our October sale features the Houdini collection of John Bushey. Known as a true scholar and student of all things Houdini and escape related, John assembled one of the best collections of Houdini pitch books and related items in America. Bushey's collection will be complemented by a strong selection of magic memorabilia, books, and posters. In addition, the auction will feature a selection of choice antique apparatus, and the largest collection of Mikame Craft-made props to ever come to market. A collection of original props, books, and decorative objects from the collection of Kalanag, the famous German illusionist, will also be in the auction.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery October 18 -19, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Freakatorium: The Collection of Johnny Fox
Alive! On the Inside! Potter & Potter is pleased to present the over-the-top, one-of-a-kind Barnumesque collection of renowned sword swallower, comedian, magician, and curiosity seeker Johnny Fox.
Expect a sale like no other, populated with sideshow banners (Fred Johnson, Snap Wyatt, Siegler and Meah), tribal art and artifacts, furry mink fish (very rare), magic tricks, swords for swallowing, and oh, so much more!
Fox amassed an amazing assortment of natural and unnatural curiosities which he displayed at The Freakatorium, "El Museo Loco," a singular establishment he operated on the lower east side of Manhattan from 1999 - 2005. The entire contents of the collection will go on the block, from Johnny Eck memorabilia to circus posters, sideshow gaffs, Fiji mermaids, and even the disembodied wax head of Mao Zedong. This is one sale without comparison, filled with a thousand things you never knew existed - or that you wanted.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery November 8-9, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Vintage Travel Posters
Our December auction features hundreds of important vintage travel posters. From the works of famous designers - Galli, Klein, and their contemporaries - to the jet-setting advertising of TWA, United, and American Airlines, the sale will be made up of scenes and scenery as depicted by the great graphic artists of the travel industry over the last century. The sale includes a broad range of categories: ski, railroad, airline, and ocean travel all being represented.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery November 28 -30, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.