Blackstone Magic Auction
Our October sale features relics from the career of Harry Blackstone, Sr. In a career spanning some five decades, Blackstone cemented his reputation as the leading stage magician of his generation. He filled theaters from coast-to-coast, became a comic book hero, endorsed products, and cast a magic spell over theater patrons for nearly half a century.
The auction features Blackstone memorabilia owned, used, and collected by the master, among them original oil paintings, show costumes, Blackstone's famous Vanishing Birdcage (and other props), stone lithographs, photographs, correspondence and archival material, original cartoons and artwork, film footage and audio recordings of Blackstone and his troupe, and much more. Much of the material has been unseen for the last five decades. Complementing the Blackstone material will be objects related to the career of his son and successor, Harry Blackstone, Jr., as well as a selection of choice vintage magic posters, props, books, and ephemera.
Catalogs ship three weeks before the auction. The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 28th in our Chicago Gallery. Previews take place in the gallery from October 25-27 from 10am-5pm, CST.
Circus - Sideshow - Wild West
From Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey to Buffalo Bill, sideshow banners, carnival rides, carousel horses and more, our November sale will feature relics from the "greatest shows on earth." The auction will include posters, broadsides, costumes, personal memorabilia, carousel horses, carnival rides, Kelty photos, and more.
Catalogs ship three weeks before the auction. The auction takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 18th in our Chicago Gallery. Previews take place in the gallery from November 15-17 from 10am-5pm, CST.
Winter Magic Auction
Our December sale will feature magic collectibles in a wide range of categories. From uncommon Chung Ling Soo posters to early broadsides, a selection of rare and unusual Taytelbaum-made tricks, choice ephemera, collectible apparatus, and antiquarian books, the auction will feature "something for everyone," beginning and advanced collectors alike.
A selection of escape artist-related items, including handcuffs, locks, keys, and memorabilia, will be a auctioned, along with a selection of marionettes, Punch & Judy puppets, and ventriloquist's figures.
Fine Books & Manuscripts
A previously unknown archive of documents, books, and photographs related to the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman will lead the sale, including many treasures drawn directly from the files of one of his closest associates.
The sale will also feature high spots in several broad categories: literature, science and math, children's books, autographs, pulps and monster magazines. A large and diverse selection of private press publications will also be offered. Accompanying the books and manuscripts will be a selection of vintage prints and posters.