Monday, February 20, 2006

Original King of Cards poster sells on eBay

An original Houdini King of Cards poster has sold on eBay for $14,000. The online auction closed on Feb 18 and received 10 bids.

King of Cards is one of Houdini’s very first posters, maybe even THE first. It’s also one of the most widely reproduced.

One notable difference between an original King of Cards and the many reproductions is the large empty white space at the top of the poster (as shown in the image right). This is the area Houdini would print when and where he was appearing. Most reproductions crop the poster to the image, although Houdini’s Magic Shop (the seller of the eBay original) offers reproductions with the header intact.

This article first appeared on Houdini Lives.

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