A lot of 10 letters written by Houdini to Will Goldston (from Goldston's own scrapbook) fetched $10,530. A handwritten letter by Houdini from Germany in 1900 sold for $5,733.
A very nice typed letter from Houdini to Will Goldston shattered its pre-auction estimate of $900-1,200, landing at $6,142. In the letter Houdini writes: "Hope you will like America, for it is a good country, if viewed in the right light."
A Hardeen scrapbook sold for $2,457, lower than I thought, but still on the high side of the auction estimate.
But maybe the biggest surprise was a piece of original artwork showing Houdini's Vanishing Elephant from a 1959 article in Popular Mechanics by Milbourne Christopher (that I once blogged about here). It was estimated at $500-600, but sold for an elephant-sized $4,095!
Big sellers: Vanishing Elephant art and the "America" letter.
Next up: Potter & Potter's mammoth Houdiniana auction on April 9.