Friday, July 27, 2018

Aaron Faber has Houdini's pocket watch for sale

An 18K gold pocket watch given to Houdini by his English agent, Harry Day, is currently on sale at the Aaron Faber jewelry gallery in midtown Manhattan for a cool $45,000.

The watch is described as a "hunter cased minute repeating chronograph with calendar and moon phases" and carries the inscription "To My Dear Pal, Houdini, From His Sincere Friend, Harry Day, May 1914." This was near the end of Houdini's last tour of the UK before the outbreak of World War I, so it's possible this was a farewell gift from Day.

The watch had sold for $25,000 at a Bonhams auction in June 2012. According to the auction listing (which is still viewable), after Houdini's death, the watch was given to his nephew, Harry White (I'm not sure who that is). Aaron Faber acquired the watch from the collector who purchased it at the Bonhams auction.

Aaron Faber is located at 666 5th Ave, New York, NY 10103. The watch can be viewed by appointment.

Thanks to John Hinson for the alert.

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