|SOLD for $16,000.|
As predicated, the two display case collections of antique padlocks and handcuffs brought in the highest amounts (although both fell short of their estimates). The Castle Locks came in at $22,000 (before premium). The handcuffs brought in $28,000 (before premium). Both cases were created for the 1953 Tony Curtis Houdini movie, and were housed for many years at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Canada.
|SOLD for $28,000 and $22,000.|
Some other items of note: a framed assortment of Water Torture Cell artifacts ($7,500); a Houdini scrapbook kept by the Houdini club of Philadelphia ($3200); a Houdini program from France that contains a variant image of the Milk Can poster ($450); a colorful Houdini broadside ($4000); a signed challenge ($2,200); and a Levante "Steel Trunk Mystery" poster ($700).
But the hidden gem of the auction might have been this cartoon sketch of Houdini. On it is written: "An original sketch by Kin Hubbard - his impression of Houdini. In pen and ink." I didn't notice it until it was on the block, but that inscription appears to be in Houdini's own hand. It beat the auction estimate of $400-500, but still seems like a bargain at $750.
|SOLD for $750.|
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Congrats to all the buyers.
UPDATE: Click over to THIS PAGE at the Houdini Museum in Scranton for an on-the-scene report by Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz.