Friday, December 7, 2018

Houdini envelope delivers $1,750

A standout item in last weekend's Haversat & Ewing Galleries magic auction was the below envelope which sold for a remarkable $1,750 on an $80-$100 estimate. While this is a very uncommon piece of stationary, I'm thinking the reason it went so high is because it appears to be signed. However, the auction listing made no mention of a signature.

King of Handcuffs illustrated envelop mailed by Houdini 110 years ago to Wallace Dibble in 1908. Postmarked in front and back. Envelope only, no contents. $80-100

So is this signed, or is that signature just part of the stationary artwork? The book Houdini A Pictorial Life reproduces this artwork on its title page, and there is no signature present. Same goes for the actual stationary, which you can see in this post. So...



  1. Mr. Dibble's letter needs to be reunited with this envelope.

  2. I was one of the bidders on this item. Before bidding, I asked the auction house if the signature was original or preprinted. The answer was that it was preprinted. I, too, was very surprised at the final bid amount!