Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Rare 'Master Mystery Episode One' poster on eBay

A beautiful original poster for Episode One of Houdini’s 1918 silent movie serial, The Mastery Mystery, is currently up for auction on eBay with a starting price of $34,000.

According to the seller, this poster was displayed at the Strand Theater in Allentown Pennsylvania where his father “begged it” from the manager. The poster is linen backed and in almost new condition. There is believed to be only one other Episode One poster in existence.

This is not the first appearance of the Allentown Episode One poster on eBay. This same online auction has cycled several times without any bidders. While the starting price is certainly high, the seller points out that a more common Episode Eight poster (in lessor condition) sold at a Christies auction in 1997 for $27,600. Posters for Houdini’s silent movies outsell his theatrical posters by wide margins.

Recently, an original Buried Alive 8-sheet failed to attract an eBay buyer at a starting price of $11,000. However, a King of Cards poster did sell on eBay recently for $14,000.

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