Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Fragment of an unknown Houdini poster"

Here’s an intriguing item currently up for auction as part of Potter & Potter’s Magic Collection of Jay Marshall, Part III to be held on April 26.

Lot 178. Houdini, Harry. Color lithographed poster fragment on page from ledger of Portland Theater, Maine, July 8, 1908, signed and inscribed. Lithograph fragment of a young Houdini in handcuffs signed and dated on the top of the ledger sheet, with part of the signature tied to the poster. The inscription reads "Houdini, The Handcuff King." Although this item reposed in Jay Marshall's collection for years and carries the inscription "fragment of unknown Houdini poster with signature" in the intervening years, one copy of the complete poster has been discovered. Estimate $600 - $1,200

UPDATE: Below is the complete poster.

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