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Monday, May 14, 2012

Master Mystery lobby card nabs $815

An original lobby card from Houdini's 1919 serial The Master Mystery sold on eBay today for an impressive $815, even though the condition is quite poor. The card features a terrific shot of Houdini/Quentin Locke after escaping from an electric chair. It comes from Episode Seven: "Barbed Wire".


Last year I featured three original tinted Master Mystery lobby cards from the collection of our great patron, MSW. Click to retake The Master Mystery Tour.

5 comments:

  1. Restore it or not? What do you think?

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  2. The card arrived yesterday. I have sent it off today to get restored. It will look good in a museum someday! I will send pics when it is restored.

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    1. Congrats on getting the card. Yes, I would love to see photos of it when it's restored. Thanks.

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  3. It was so much better in person when I first saw it...pictures unfortunately can't do this lobby card justice! To see his eyes, they way he was in a daze at the time, you could almost feel the electric chair cooling down and the disoriented Houdini tried to regroup...the details are UNBELIEVEABLE! I was really taken back to 1919 when I saw it the first time. I am getting it restored, put in a nice matted frame that is acid free, UV protected, and non-glare. I hope to donate this to the Museum out in town some day (yes, I live in Appleton)!! Something this unique and beautiful belongs in a place where generations of people to come will get a chance to enjoy it!

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    1. Sounds wonderful. Congrats again on getting this. Nice to know it's come home to Appleton. :)

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