Sunday, August 13, 2017

Rare Russian Houdini advert sells on eBay

A rare advert for Houdini in Moscow during his 1903 tour of Russia sold on eBay today for $560. Artifacts from Houdini's one and only tour of Russia are exceedingly rare. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing anything on eBay before this.

While the final price was certainly respectable, I did expect it to go for more. Last year some early German adverts each broke $1000. Not as much love for Russia these days, I guess.

Congrats to the winner of this rarity. And thanks to Kevin Connolly at Conjuring History for the alert.



  1. John I agree it should have sold for a lot more. Maybe the fact that the picture barely looks like Houdini and his name is written in Russia. But if I was still in the collector mode I would have bid 2K.

  2. The touch up work on his face is not too good but we all know this picture so it's obviously genuine. Somebody got very lucky here. Congratulations to the buyer!

  3. I know who the buyer was. He has another one of these and he's willing to sell this if interested. I can put you in touch.