Friday, December 16, 2011

Houdini and his eagle shine in auction

This absolutely stunning signed photo of Houdini with his pet eagle, "Abraham Lincoln", sold Thursday at a Profiles in History auction for $2000 (plus $460 buyers premium). The photo is a gelatin silver glossy 6 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 with an inscription that reads: "The only tame eagle in the world ‘Abraham Lincoln,’ Houdini, N.Y. Hippodrome Season 1916-1917."

Houdini produced Abe from the folds of an American flag during the patriotic review show, Everything, at the Hippodrome. (It was actually the 1918-19 season.) I've never seen this particular image before. I must say, both man and bird look amazing in this shot!

Thanks to Brad Henderson at the Genii forums for the alert.


  1. Great picture. I haven't seen this version before.

  2. I'm sorry I didn't learn about this until after the auction was over. I would have bid, but I probably would have lost out to the big boys. This is one of those pics that's worth going over the top for, IMO. I think it was a bit of a steal at $2000. Wonder who got it?

  3. So Teller is the man who won this beauty (or at least he bought it from the winner). He just tweeted about it. It's gone to a good home. :)