This makes it the highest price ever paid for a magic poster at auction. It may also be the highest price ever paid for any single piece of magic memorabilia, apart from the actual Water Torture Cell itself.
The estimate was $50,000/80,000. The poster is said to be one of only three known examples.
But this wasn't the only Houdini surprise. A King of Cards poster sold for a remarkable $24,000, a new record for that poster.
A playbill for Houdini's Grand Magical Revue took $2,706. A broadside for a 1901 appearance in Prague brought $3,936. A playbill for Houdini's 1917 Antilles benefit took in $2,952. Even a 1-sheet for Paramount's Houdini (1953) found love at $922.
In other action, a "Hardeen Brother of Houdini" poster sold for $338. A poster for Houdini competitor Brindamour came away with $8,610. And a nice poster depicting Nicola in several Houdini-like escapes fetched $7,995.
All the posters in the auction came from the collection of Norm Nielsen. The hardcover auction catalog can be purchased from the Potter & Potter website while supplies last.
Potter & Potter's Spring Magic Auction on April 8th will conatin "a strong selection of Houdini-related material, including personal family photographs, documents, movie-related memorabilia, and letters."