The Magic Collection of John Daniel
Our first magic auction of 2018 features the collection of John Daniel. The consummate collector, Daniel was also a formidable performer, builder, mover and shaker in the magic world for decades.
His collection includes rarities from the shop and lathe of Floyd Thayer (for a time, Daniel owned the Owen Magic, successor to Thayer), vintage magic posters, spook show memorabilia, personal artifacts and relics from the show of Dante (Harry August Jansen), and illusions, tricks, trunks, theatrical material, and costumes from the Virgil & Julie show, among other curiosities.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery March 1 - 2, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
From movie posters (hundreds of them!), signed photographs, and rare documents (including one of Katherine Hepburn's first Hollywood contracts), to costumes, props, and personal relics (from the careers of Garbo, Brando, and more), our April 7th sale will feature something for collectors at all levels, beginning and advanced alike. Offerings will include collectibles from the worlds of film, television, and music.
There is still time to consign: the deadline for submissions is February 15th. Contact us today to discuss consignment options.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery April 5 & 6, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Spring Magic Auction
Our spring sale of magic memorabilia features two recently-rediscovered Houdini scrapbooks, never before made available for public sale. In addition, the auction will include Houdiniana in a range of categories - glass slides, autographs, books, and photographs. The Houdini memorabilia will be complemented by a diverse offering of vintage and antiquarian magic books, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and vintage magic apparatus.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery April 26 & 27, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Featuring the collection of Bob Rosenberger, the sale will include an array of truly scarce and rare material related to gambling, poker, playing cards, and other games of chance. A strong selection of books and periodicals, cheating devices (holdouts, crooked dice, etc.), vintage gaming tables, and faro equipment will be offered.
Other auction highlights include an important grouping of gambling and knife-maker trade catalogs, old-west material, cased ivory chip sets, vintage playing cards, and ephemera, all with a gambling or card-related theme.
Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery May 16 - 18, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.