Monday, February 4, 2013
Rare German Water Torture Cell poster uncovered
David Haversat, a dealer of vintage and antique magic, has uncovered an extremely rare German one-sheet for Houdini's Water Torture Cell. The poster has never been mounted and the colors are still bright. The paper is brittle, but entirely intact. The poster will undergo necessary restoration and be properly mounted on acid free paper and canvas.
David says, "As a dealer you often have to make the decision of what to keep and what to sell. I tend to keep what appeals to me and the pieces I realize may never pass through my hands again, so in this case this is a keeper for sure!"
There are now three known examples of this poster. One is said to be in the Library of Congress, the other is part of Roger Dreyer's Houdini Museum of New York, and the third now in the Haversat Collection.
Nearly two years ago a Houdini Metamorphosis lithograph was located in an attic in France. "You never know what you may find in a basement or barn," says David. "I've located some of my best and unique finds in an attic in Maine and a basement in Massachusetts. Ironically the one owned by Dreyer was originally found folded in a book from a second-hand store near Cambridge Massachusetts. Who knows, there may just be another waiting to be discovered."