Areas of Expertise
We're a Chicago auction house specializing in the sale of collectibles and antiques of all kinds. We specialize in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys, and magicana - antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians.
Recognized as the leading source for magicana - collectibles related to the art of magic - in the world today, Potter & Potter regularly auctions magic posters, books, Houdini memorabilia, and vintage magic props. Recent sales include the world record price for a magic-poster, a Houdini "Water Torture Cell" three-sheet for $114,000.00.
Coin-Op & Gambling
Slot machines, trade-stiumlators, vintage vending machines, playing cards, poker chips and virtually anything else related to games of chance are specialties of the house. Previous sales have included record-setting prices for rare books on poker and cheating, cased sets of ivory poker chips, and unusual handmade playing cards.
Circus & Wild West
From Buffalo Bill to Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, Potter & Potter regularly offers material related to some of the "greatest shows on earth." Previous sales have featured giant sideshow banners, early advertisements, circus wagons, carousel horses, carnival games, and one-of-a-kind sideshow photos and memorabilia.
Posters & Prints
From travel and circus to exhibition posters, fine prints and more, Potter & Potter specializes in bringing scarce and desirable works of art on paper to the market.
Books & Manuscripts
We conduct regular sales of antiquarian and collectible books and manuscripts in a wide range of fields: printed and manuscript Americana, modern first editions, travel and exploration, natural history, livres d'artistes, fine bindings and continental books.
Movie & Music Memorabilia
Relics of the silver screen, including film props, posters and lobby cards, autographs, costumes and photographs, regularly cross the block at Potter & Potter. Vintage and collectible musical instruments, concert posters, and autographed memorabilia are also regularly featured in our sales.