Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No sale for Spirits typescript (update)

Houdini's original revised manuscript for his final book, A Magician Among the Spirits, failed to sell at PBA Galleries auction of Rare Books & Manuscripts held on Monday.

Can't say I'm surprised. The auction estimate was a wildly high $70,000 to $100,000 and PBA policy is to not sell items for less than half the low estimate. (I would have estimated it at $20,000 to $35,000).

Unless a private sale was arranged after the auction, something tells me we'll be seeing this one again.

Click here to read the original listing details.

UPDATE (7/18/13): It appears this manuscript sold in an RR Auction for $40,000. However, details of the auction has been removed from the website.

1 comment:

  1. Seems everyone wants a fortune and then some when it has Houdini's name attached. I guess, it's the 'and then some' that was a bit much this time around.