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Attention collectors! Earlier this week I received an email from a gentlemen in France named Patrick Bourlet. Patrick sent me a photo (above) of what he says is an authentic The Houdinis - Metamorphosis poster, which has been stored in his attic for 29 years.
I don't know Mr. Bourlet and all I've seen of the poster is what you see here, so I can't personally vouch for its authenticity. But it looks pretty good to me! The size looks right, and I particularly like that the white space above is stamped with Welsh Bros (Circus). I've seen a King of Cards poster with this same Welsh Bros header, and I think this really makes this poster extra special.
Metamorphosis is one of Houdini's earliest posters. It was printed by the National Printing and Engraving Co. in Chicago in the late 1890s. A copy of this poster sold in auction for $50,000 in 2007. At the time, it was touted as being "the only known copy."
Patrick Bourlet says the poster is for sale and it was okay for me to post his contact email.