Archive for the 'Auctions' Category

Houdiniana At Potter and Potter [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on February 11th, 2021

Fine Books and Collections picks a few highlights of Potter and Potter’s February 27th auction, including Houdini items and several fine magic lithographs.

Master Mystery Poster Heads To Auction

Posted by Michael on July 9th, 2020

A poster for chapter 10 of the Houdini movie serial The Master Mystery is scheduled to go on the auction block during the Heritage Auctions July 25-26 Movie Poster Auction in Dallas. Fine Books and Collections has a short article on the auction, which includes a graphic of the poster. More information about the auction and high resolution images of the posters can be found at the Heritage Auctions site.

(Video is a trailer for the DVD release of the serial, available from The Miracle Factory.)

The Mark Wilson Auction Is Tomorrow

Posted by Michael on February 29th, 2020

The Wilsons, the first family of television magic, are auctioning off dozens of posters, props and more tomorrow in LA. You can participate via Facebook Live even if you are not in California, though. Get all of the information you need and download an auction catalog here.

You can also learn much more about Mark and Nani Darnell, see episodes of the Magical World of Allakazam and even join the official fan club over on the Allakazam Archives.

Sorry for the late notice… it has been a rough week.

Frankel’s Costume Auctioning Off Magic Collection

Posted by Michael on December 26th, 2019

Houston’s ABC affiliate KTRK featured this coverage of the upcoming magic auction from the owners Frankel’s Costume Shop (which closed in 2017). You can get more details about the January 11 auction on the KTRK site and the Gallery Auction website. It does appear that all bidding will need to be done live and at the auction.

Richard Himber History And Effects [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on August 19th, 2019

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Over the weekend I found myself driving around, doing some errands, taking a break from punk rock and listening to Sirius XM’s 40s Junction and caught a vintage Richard Himber musical performance. Sure, iTricksters may know him for his magic creations and we found a little lot of some of his vintage effects on eBay (picture at the left). You can check that out here; the auction is scheduled to end next Sunday (August 25). To learn more about the magic and music of Richard Himber, check out this iTricks piece on Himber or this video of him and his band.

Potter And Potter Automaton Offerings [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on August 2nd, 2019

This magician automaton, featured in the movie Sleuth, is one of several going up for auction on August 24 in Potter and Potter’s AUTOMATA: Life & Other Illusions event. You can see more video on the auction house’s YouTube page and learn more about the auction on their website.

Merv Taylor Bird Cage [Magic On The Block]

Posted by Michael on July 22nd, 2019

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The vanishing birdcage is one of the great 20th century stage magic tricks. Visual but small, impressive while only requiring the magician, it is a classic piece to perform while larger props are being placed or when a performer wants a little more dialogue with the audience. A vintage Merv Taylor birdcage went up for auction on eBay over the weekend, and the seller claims it is in working condition. While certain versions have a (justifiably) bad reputation, this model includes an artificial bird… You can check out the auction here if you need to add this to your act or your collection. The auction will end next Sunday, July 28.